Sassa roping court in to extend contract or disrupt payouts - Corruption Watch

According to reports, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has written to Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini saying Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) should not be considered for a tender to pay social grants when their contract ends in March.

South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) told Parliament that it will approach the Constitutional Court to extend its contract with CPS for at least one year to ensure that social grant payments are not affected.

In 2014 ConCourt ruled the Sassa and CPS contract invalid.

Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis, says this is an 'appalling manipulation in order to make CPS indispensable'.

I totally sympathise with the Minister's view point. I think this is an appalling situation where Parliament and soon the Constitutional Court are going to be manipulated into a situation where it's going to be impossible not to rope CPS either into a new contract.

David Lewis, Corruption Watch executive director

I don't think the Constitutional Court can further suspend invalidity of the contract whose term has expired.

David Lewis, Corruption Watch executive director

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