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ConCourt suggests extending CPS grant payments contract

Black Sash and FUL presented their arguments in court on Wednesday about how Sassa can ensure grants are distributed to beneficiaries now that CPS's contract comes to an end.

FILE: Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court has heard arguments about possibly extending the illegal Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) contract to ensure that social grants are paid on 1 April.

Black Sash and Freedom Under Law presented their arguments in court on Wednesday about how Sassa can ensure grants are distributed to beneficiaries now that CPS's contract comes to an end.

Jeff Budlender, who is representing Black Sash, says his client wants to ensure that Sassa is monitored to ensure this kind of situation doesn't happen again.

Budlender says whether Sassa enters into a contract with CPS or the Post Office, their argument is that the court must exercise jurisdiction over the implementation of the deal.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, however, has suggested extending the current and illegal contract.

“All the terms that apply there, including tariffs, continue to apply. We are extending for this period on the predictable and known terms.”

David Unterhalter who's representing Freedom Under Law agrees, saying an interim contract in which CPS doesn't benefit could work to ensure grants are paid on 1 April.

WATCH: Proceedings in the Constitutional Court

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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