Acting chief executive of South African Social Security Agency, Pearl Bhengu, has stated that Sassa is still unclear on what role the South African Post Office will play in the social grants pay-out plan for next year.
Making her first appearance before the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA), Bhengu will reiterate that despite being on track to meet deadlines for next year, Sassa and the Post Office have been unable to communicate efficiently.
Bhengu says a tender will be issued for services the Post Office is not able to provide, even though it was made clear that the bulk of the work should be handed directly to the Post Office to avoid potential collusion with external companies.
In a little over seven months, Sassa will be forced to terminate its extended agreement with one such external company, Cash Paymaster Services.
It's been feared that the departure former Sassa CEO Magwaza would stall discussions with the Post Office.
“We are looking forward to talks and want to know what they’ve been up to since the Constitutional Court ruling, where are they now and whether we’re going to meet the deadline”, said SCOPA chair Themba Godi.
Godi says that even though the Constitutional Court is overseeing the process to take over grant payments, Parliament has a duty to oversee the executive.
“We want to do our part and see how we can synergise our work with that of the team that he has set up.”
Bhengu's appointment has also not been without controversy after a media report revealed alleged business links between her and Minister Bathabile Dlamini's daughter.