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Parties involved in Sassa debacle to head back to ConCourt in two weeks

Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza and former Director-General Zane Dangor claim she bypassed Sassa with decisions made.

FILE: Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Parties involved in the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) court case have two weeks to report back to the Constitutional Court about Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini’s conduct in the payment crisis.

The court was due to rule on Thursday on whether Dlamini is personally liable for costs incurred as a result of the problems but has instead referred the matter back to the parties involved.

Dlamini has blamed Sassa and the department for failing to appoint a new payment service provider before April when the contract with cash paymaster services expired.

Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza and former Director-General Zane Dangor claim that she bypassed Sassa with decisions made.

Justice Johan Froneman says: “The parties must, within 14 days, report to this court whether they have agreed to the process in terms of Section 38 of the Superior Court Act.

“In order to determine issues relating to the minister’s role and her responsibility in the establishment and the functioning of the work streams referred to in the affidavits filed by the minister, Mr Magwaza and Mr Dangor.”

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