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UPDATE: Judgment in ConCourt Sassa grants case tomorrow

The Constitutional Court will hand down judgment in the Sassa payment debacle at 10am on Friday.

Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court has confirmed it will hand down judgment in the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) payment debacle at 10am on Friday.

On Wednesday, the court heard argument about how Sassa plans to ensure that 17 million social grant beneficiaries are paid, come 1 April.

The current, invalid contract with service provider Cash Paymaster Service (CPS) expires at the end of March.

Constitutional Court judges were unimpressed by the explanations that Sassa and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini presented on Wednesday about why the payment crisis wasn’t resolved months or even years ago.

Sassa knew in April 2016 that it wouldn’t be able to take over the payment system from CPS, and now there are just two weeks to go before social grants are due to be paid.

The agency and the minister have proposed either an extension of the current CPS contract or a new contract with the company for up to 18 months.

The court reserved judgment on Wednesday.

WATCH: Dlamini: Social grants will be paid

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)