"You've created lot of tension", Minister Bathabile Dlamini tells journalist

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini says the media has been 'perpetrating' that social grants won't be paid on April 1.

Speaking at the media briefing this weekend, Dlamini said social grants will be paid on time to all 17 million beneficiaries.

There has been concerns over the legality of the contract that the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) intends to sign with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS).

Treasury has previously told Sassa it will not approve the money until the court has given direction.

The contract between Sassa and CPS was declared invalid and unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2014, and the social security agency has not approached the court to ask for an extension.

Dlamini said she cannot speak on behalf of Treasury on whether they will approve or not.

Listen to the audio below to hear the heated exchange between Bathabile Dlamini and eNCA journalist Karyn Maughan at the press conference...

Meanwhile, this morning Dlamini's spokesperson Lumka Oliphant did not want to speak English to explain how the department plans to pay social grants from the 1st of April.

CPS says it has reached an agreement with Sassa and social grants will be paid on time.

CPS CEO, Serge Belamant, told Xolani Gwala that they have discussed and come to terms regarding a new contract.

Listen to the callers below weighing in on the social grants issue...

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