CPS assures it will pay out social grants on April 1

In a long-awaited ruling, the Constitutional Court extended the contract between the state social security agency (Sassa) and the private company Cash Paymaster Services (SPC), which it is subcontracted for the payment of the aid, for one year.

The BBC's Milton Nkosi in Johannesburg says that beneficiaries usually stand in long queues in townships and villages across the country to receive their grants.

But the president said the court has now given clear instructions on the extension of the grants distribution and the parameters within which government must operate.

Our Zuptoid-led government seems to have shifted from not knowing what it can not do (and denying dysfunction) to being shaken into realising what it can not do; as evidenced by the inter-ministerial committee now set up to ensure social grants are paid smoothly and on time. The court ruled that the government is constitutionally obligated to provide welfare for its citizens.

"I want to assure all grant beneficiaries that government will implement the directive of the Constitutional Court and uphold the constitutional rights of the poor and vulnerable in our society".

Zuma included Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba to the committee.

The CPS had asked the Court to allow it to enter into a new and "lawful" contract with the SASSA after the existing contract expires on March 31.

We remain convinced that Sassa must fulfil its constitutional mandate to make grant payments nationally, without third parties with profit motives. The ordered verification must be approved by National Treasury and the audited verification must be filed by SASSA within a period of 60 days.

The opposition also slammed Dlamini and the head of state which the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) Mmusi Maimane, said was due to "the corruption and incompetence" of Zuma's government. "The IMC will assist Cabinet in moving that process forward".

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, who is close to South African President Jacob Zuma, has been under fire for several weeks for not having anticipated the end of the contract and found an alternative solution.

  • Zachary Reyes