Still unclear what role Post Office will play at Sassa
Sassa's Pearl Bhengu says a tender will be issued for services the Post Office is not able to provide.
CAPE TOWN – Pearl Bhengu, acting chief executive of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), says while plans are on track to meet next year’s deadline for the takeover of social grants, it’s still unclear the extent of the role the Post Office will play.
Bhengu is making her first appearance before Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday to brief the committee on progress since the departure of former CEO Thokozani Magwaza.
Bhengu says a tender will be issued for services the Post Office is not able to provide.
Scopa wants to know what progress is being made for the Post Office to take over the distribution of social grants.
In a little over seven months, Sassa will be forced to terminate its extended agreement with Cash Paymaster Services.
It's been feared that the departure Magwaza would stall discussions with the Post Office.
Parliament's Scopa chairperson Themba Godi says: “So we are looking forward to talks and want to know what they’ve been up to since the Constitutional Court ruling, where are they now and whether we’re going to meet the deadline.”
Godi says that even though the Constitutional Court is overseeing the process to take over grant payments, Parliament has a duty to oversee the executive.
“We want to do our part and see how we can synergise our work with that of the team that he has set up.”
Bhengu's appointment has also not been without controversy after a media report revealed alleged business links between her and Minister Bathabile Dlamini's daughter.