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Zuma delegates IMC to monitor grant payments

The Concourt extended the current contract between CPS and Sassa by a year to ensure beneficiaries receive their grants on time.

Pensioners queue outside of a supermarket in Mitchells Plain on the 1st of the month to collect their SASSA grants. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – President Jacob Zuma says he has expanded his inter-ministerial committee (IMC) to make sure that social grants are monitored and the Constitutional Court's order on the matter is implemented.

On Friday the court extended the current contract, between Cash Paymaster Services and South African Social Security Agency, by one year to ensure beneficiaries receive their grants on time.

With just weeks to go before the next payment of grants, the social development department came under fire for not appointing a cash distributor.

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

Zuma’s spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga says, “The president has directed the IMC on comprehensive social security to ensure that the order of the court is implemented efficiently and diligently in its entirety.”

He adds that beyond the court order, the president says the IMC will also focus on comprehensive social security reform.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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