ConCourt reserves judgment in Sassa saga, Black Sash calls for legal oversight

The Constitutional Court has reserved judgment after hearing an application brought by NGO Black Sash as concerns grow that social grants may not be paid on 1 April.

The Black Sash's Evashnee Naidu says the organisation is mostly satisfied with how proceedings unfolded on Wednesday.

We're a bit disappointed that the judgement has been reserved. The ConCourt need to look at the decision of whether they extend the CPS contract or allow a new contract to be negotiated.

Evashnee Naidu, KZN regional manager of Black Sash

The Black Sash has argued that the ConCourt should have oversight over the negotiation and implementation of a new or extended contract.

Naidu explains that granting the ConCourt jurisdiction will help avoid any other crisis involving social grants payments.

Sassa will agree to a new contract drafted by the court or an extension of the contract, as long as it is in place for at least 12 months to allow a bidding process to be completed.

The court is expected to hand down judgment, possibly this week, as the current CPS contract expires in less than a fortnight.

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