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Sassa: Grants will be paid despite pending ConCourt judgment

The agency says it will handle the payments internally from April when a contract with cash paymaster service comes to an end.

Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has again given its assurance that grants will be paid to all its 17 million beneficiaries within the two months despite a pending Constitutional Court judgment.

On Wednesday, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini did not attend a briefing in Parliament where Sassa informed the portfolio committee on its readiness to take over the distribution of R141 billion in social grants.

The agency says it will handle the payments internally from April when a contract with cash paymaster services comes to an end.

Sassa spokesperson Kgomotso Diseko said, “We are going to make sure that this happens because we are going to be approaching the Constitutional Court to allow us to extend the current contract for a period not exceeding a year whilst we prepare for the final takeover of distributing social grants.”