Mkhwebane to launch probe into Sassa grants saga

The public protector will investigate the delays in implementing the decision of the Constitutional Court in 2014.

FILE: Public Protector advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she has decided to launch an investigation into the South African Asocial Security Agency (Sassa) grant saga, and the delays in implementing the decision of the Constitutional Court in 2014.

Spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe says the public protector is aware of the court's directives on the matter, but they will have no bearing on the investigation.

The social development department has come under fire for not finding a new cash distributor with fears that grants may not be paid next month.

However, the court has now made provision for payments to be made.

Despite her apology on Friday, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini still faces paying the costs of the Constitutional Court proceedings.

The public protector's Segalwe says, β€œTo the minister of social development, the public protector was merely saying that she has decided to launch an investigation into the maladministration aspect of the whole saga; in other words, she was going to focus on the apparent delay on the part of Sassa and the department.”

Segalwe says regarding the finance minister, Mkhwebane has requested for information on the options that were available to Sassa to payout grants without interruption.

He says the public protector has taken note of Friday's Constitutional Court judgement.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)