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[UPDATE] Sassa to file ConCourt application on CPS deal extension on Thursday

Millions of South Africans rely on social grants and may not receive their money if the matter is not resolved by the end of March.

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 – The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) now says it will file its Constitutional Court application for an extension of a contract with Cash Paymaster Services on Thursday.

The agency had said it would file papers on Wednesday after an earlier postponement to speak with affected parties. It says it’s confident its application to will not interfere with payouts to beneficiaries.

Millions of South Africans rely on social grants and may not receive their money if the the matter is not resolved by the end of March.

The agency’s spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi says they do have a backup in place.

“Some of the options would then include going to the banks and also making sure that all 40% of the beneficiaries who get their grants in cash are taken care of. But we also have 60% of our beneficiaries who also get their grant through the banks.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)