Sassa asks ConCourt to approve grant contract extension
The agency now wants the highest court in the land to approve the extension of its contract with its grant payout service provider.
CAPE TOWN – The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has now asked the Constitutional Court to approve the extension of its contract with its grant payout service provider.
In 2014, the same court found that the contract with Cash Paymaster Services was invalid, because a proper procurement process was not followed.
The contract expires at the end of the month.
Parliament's standing committee on public accounts lambasted the Social Development Department and Sassa officials for not finding an alternative solution since the ruling in 2014.
Many Members of Parliament (MPs) have questioned whether Sassa will be able to ensure millions of payouts are made to beneficiaries in April.
Sassa filed papers with the Constitutional Court on Tuesday, weeks after it initially indicated it would.
The agency wants the court to allow it to engage with Cash Paymaster Services about a new interim contract for another year.
(Edited by Tamsin Wort)