Time running out for Sassa beneficiaries 1 April payment deadline - Black Sash

Millions of Sassa grant beneficiaries might not receive their money in the month of April if if a new system is not put in place as soon as possible.

The South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) says there's no programme to go live on 1 April with a new system to pay out 17 million grants.

Elroy Paulus, Advocacy Manager of the Black Sash says they are intending to lodge an application with the courts to compel Sassa to make sure that grant beneficiaries are protected when a new contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) is signed.

The Black Sash is asking the courts to ensure that the continued relationship with CPS is based on terms that are not harmful to the grant system and beneficiaries.

Elroy Paulus, Advocacy Manager of the Black Sash

The personal data of beneficiaries should be owned by Sassa and government. The data should be kept confidential and not be used for marketing purposes targeting grant beneficiaries.

Elroy Paulus, Advocacy Manager of the Black Sash

Sassa has lodged papers with the Constitutional Court on Tuesday requesting direction on how to handle the matter now that time is running out.

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