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SCA rules in favour of SASSA

The SCA dismissed AllPay’s application to have SASSA’s grant tender overturned.

FILE: SASSA says the process of streamlining the payment of social grants caused people to panic. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Wednesday dismissed AllPay's application to have South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)'s grant tender overturned.

The firm lodged the application after another company won the tender.

The earlier court also ruled in favour of SASSA.

Wednesday's decision means Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) will continue to make payments to over 15 million people.

AllPay had inferred CPS may have won the contract unfairly.

The Bloemfontein court's ruling was unanimous.

A full bench of the SCA slammed AllPay for attempting to make claims of wrongdoing against CPS by innuendo and then refusing to directly make the allegation in court.

The five judges added the main point in the case was simple because SASSA was entitled to have the solution it required.

AllPay could not meet the requirements.

The judges went further, saying that no tender process can be perfect.

Flaws can only invalidate it if they render the entire process unfair, the SCA ruled.

AllPay was ordered to pay costs at a higher scale than normal.