The Social Development Ministry will go to the Constitutional Court to ask for permission to continue using Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) for another year despite the fact that judges found that the tender had been given unlawfully.
Speaking to Stephen Grootes, David Lewis, head of Corruption Watch, said: "This is one of the most outrageous instances of either corruption or incompetence that we've seen in government."
The Minister of Social Development is the one who famously said: "We shouldn't point fingers at corruption because we all have little skeletons in our cupboard". Well, we're entitled to ask whether this is her skeleton in her cupboard and if indeed it is, it's no little skeleton and it will come out.— David Lewis, Executive Director of Corruption Watch
Corruption Watch will look into what legal recourse they might have to review the R300 to R500-million paid by Sassa to CPR to see that no one profits from this illegal contract.
Meanwhile, Lewis says he has no doubt the Constitutional Court will extend the contract with CPS because they care about the beneficiaries - the people in the poorest rural areas who rely on these social grants.
But extended it must be, as our first concern is for the beneficiaries. I'm just afraid that it is not a concern shared by the Minister of the Department of Social Development or by Sassa.— David Lewis, Executive Director of Corruption Watch
Sassa spokesperson, Kgomotso Diseko responded on air, saying they have been working on trying to fix the problem, and that it is only a perception that there is something to hide.
People are trying to create a story out of nothing.— Kgomotso Diseko, Sassa spokesperson
Take a listen to Corruption Watch's David Lewis:
And hear Sassa's spokesperson, Kgomotso Diseko's response:
This article first appeared on 702 : 16 million South Africans rely on Sassa grant payouts, and its all up in the air