Sassa missed ConCourt deadline but filed response electronically later

The South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) has confirmed that it was unable to meet the Constitutional Court's 4pm deadline to answer questions regarding the payment of social grants. However, their response was sent electronically late on Monday night.

The deadline in terms of time 4pm, we were not able to meet it. But last night we managed to file and served electronically, and we are delivering hard copies this morning.

Tim Sukazi, Sassa and Social Development Department legal advisor

Legal advisor to Sassa and Social Development Department, Tim Sukazi, says it is acceptable to file electronically.

Sukazi explains that Sassa knew between April and May 2016 that they will be unable to take over the payments of social grants when its contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) expires month end.

From the information or instructions we have been given is that a number of things had to happen.... This matter is more technologically base than legal.

Tim Sukazi, Sassa and Social Development Department legal advisor

Sukazi explains that there is no contract between Sassa and CPS at this stage.

The reason for that is very simple, normal government processes and laws need to take the normal cause, most important which is the submission of our application at National Treasury.

Tim Sukazi, Sassa and Social Development Department legal advisor

Sassa will have to apply or has submitted its application to National Treasury for deviation and that's under consideration as we speak.

Tim Sukazi, Sassa and Social Development Department legal advisor

Listen to the audio below to hear more on Sassa's responses to ConCourt questions...

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