Minister, Sassa officials grilled over looming payout problems

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini & Sassa officials on Wednesday briefed the department's portfolio committee.

Sassa card. Picture: @OfficialSASSA via Twitter.

CAPE TOWN – Members of Parliament (MPs) are concerned that if the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) sticks with its current social grant distributor costs could skyrocket.

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, along with Sassa officials on Wednesday, briefed the department's portfolio committee.

They've given assurances the country's 17 million beneficiaries will receive their payouts in April despite Cash Paymaster Services contract expiring next month.

The agency has been unable to find another service provider.

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) MP Liezl van der Merwe has asked whether the department will go against Treasury's advice.

“You will ignore the Constitutional Court, you will sign an emergency contract with CPS and Net1. From the previous presentation, I am hearing you are still in negotiation with them, can you confirm that they are seeking an extra R1.3 billion from this department to pay out the social grants.”

(Edited by Neo Koza)