SASSA: "Dlamini doesn't know what she's doing or she is being misled" - Kriegler

Despite the Constitutional Court ruling the that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) will have to take over social grant payment system in the new year, they will have to rely on private contractors once again.

This is after interim chief executive Pearl Bengu said the South Africa Post Office (SAPO) was deemed s not able to meet all its requirements to make the payments.

Read: SA Post Office refutes Sassa's claims that it can't provide required services

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini announced on Monday that another procurement process will start this week for services.

Former Constitutional Court judge and Freedom Under Law (FUL) chairperson, Johann Kriegler says that this whole saga is deeply concerning as it effects millions of people's livelihoods. He adds that the way things are being handled is very suspicious.

I smell a very big rat. Either the minister doesn't know what she is doing or she is being misled, or she is misleading us

Johann Kriegler, Former Constitutional Court judge and Freedom Under Law (FUL) chairperson

Kriegler says it is time for the legislature to call on Dlamini to account for the dealings at SASSA and their dealings with the Cash Paymaster Services (CPS). CPS was found to be an illegal service provider by the Constitutional Court.

Read: How Sassa got itself into the dodgy grants tender saga with contractor CPS

Someone is playing a very dangerous role with literally the livelihoods of 10 million plus, of the most vulnerable South Africans.

Johann Kriegler, Former Constitutional Court judge and Freedom Under Law (FUL) chairperson

For Bridget Masango, DA Shadow Minister of Social Development the way SASSA went about securing contracts with CPS requires an inquiry.

She adds that Dlamini and SASSAs claims that the SAPO are not able to payout the grants are one sided, as they have yet to speak up for themselves on what they can and can't do. For Masango this makes the minister's dealings very suspicious.

If the minister did not have anything to gain from CPS paying the grants, she would have long gotten rid of CPS.

Bridget Masango, DA Shadow Minister of Social Development

Listen to the full interview below:


This article first appeared on 702 : SASSA: "Dlamini doesn't know what she's doing or she is being misled" - Kriegler


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