Black Sash: Magwaza exit could affect ConCourt case against Dlamini
Magwaza left the agency on Monday after only a year, following an apparent agreement to terminate his contract.
CAPE TOWN - Human rights group the Black Sash, says it is concerned that Thokozani Magwaza's exit as chief executive officer of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) could affect a Constitutional Court case in which Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini could be held liable for legal costs.
Magwaza left the agency on Monday after only a year, following an apparent agreement to terminate his contract. But the widely-held belief is that he was forced out by Dlamini.
The Black Sash has been at the forefront of challenging Sassa's controversial contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), and unlawful deductions from pensioners' grants.
The organisation's Esley Philander says that Magwaza's departure throws up several concerns, in particular, whether the agency will be able to find a suitable service provider to replace CPS before next year's court-appointed deadline.
“Grant beneficiaries in particular and South Africans, in general, should not have to see yet another extension of an invalid contract between CPS and SASSA.”
The Black Sash adds it hopes Magwaza's departure will also not affect an investigation into the work done by the advisory groups whose contract he terminated recently and which has also been cited as a major reason for getting rid of him.
(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)