Black Sash happy with ConCourt ruling, confident grants will be paid

The Constitutional Court has extended the invalidity of the contract between Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) and the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) for 12 months.

Sassa and CPS are under constitutional obligated to continue with payments of social grants and will be monitored by the court as well as independent and technical advisors.

The information from the beneficiaries can be used for no other purpose other than the social grants.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

And Bathabile Dlamini may be held personally responsible.

By the end of the month 31 March, she needs to file an affidavit to the court on why she should not be joined in this particular case in her personal capacity and why she shouldn't pay costs coming from her own pocket in terms of this particular matter.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

Giving the verdict on Friday morning, Judge Johan Froneman, criticised Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and Sassa's conduct in handling the matter.

Froneman said there must be accountability because Dlamini and Sassa failed to keep the promise they made to the ConCourt.

Sassa had promised to take over the payment of social grants after ConCourt's 2014 ruling that declared CPS contract invalid and unconstitutional.

Black Sash national advocacy manager, Elroy Paulus, says they are studying the ruling to provide detailed response, but they are happy the court ruled on their favour.

It took three years for the voice of the poor to be heard. It took the intervention of Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Constitutional Court to tell Sassa and Minister of Social Development what to do, which unprecedented in terms of separation of powers.

Elroy Paulus, Black Sash national advocacy manager

Listen to the audio below for more details on the verdict and Black Sash reaction...

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