According to EWN reporter Gia Niccolaides, the Department of Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) failed to answer questions put forward by the Constitutional Court.
ConCourt wanted Sassa to answer questions about when they knew they would not be able to take over the payments of grants after CPS contract expires.
Yes they did file papers but those papers were responding to opposing parties.— Gia Niccolaides, EWN reporter
They did not answer those 17 questions that the Constitutional Court wanted them to answer... so they defied a court order— Gia Niccolaides, EWN reporter
Niccolaides says in the papers filed by Sassa it is clear that they do not want the Constitutional Court to oversee the process. They want the auditor general and the public protector to be the only overseers and monitor the interim contract with CPS so that they can carry on and make grant payments on April 1.
The Post Office has shown that they have capacity to make sure that grants are paid by April 1 but Social Development Minister and Sassa have not taken up the offer, says Niccolaides.
Sassa and social development Minister are adamant that CPS are the only ones who can make sure that this payments go through in this short space— Gia Niccolaides, EWN reporter
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