Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) intends keeping a close eye on the social grant payment process.
Scopa chairperson Themba Godi says the committee will closely monitor the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) to ensure it complies with a Constitutional Court order to take over social grant payments next year.
“Clearly there’s a lot of unanswered questions about the relationship between CPS and some officials in Sassa, Social Development as well as the Minister Bathabile Dlamini herself.”
Earlier this month, the Constitutional Court ruled current service provider, Cash Paymaster Services, should continue paying grants for a limit of 12 months while Sassa organises a suitable replacement.
For weeks there was uncertainty over whether 17 million people would receive their grants next month.
Sassa and the Department of Social Development, will have to answer to the Constitutional Court for an extended period while they get their affairs in order.
Similarly, the future of minister Bathabile Dlamini will remain to be seen once the pay-outs have been executed.