MPs outraged as Sassa snubs two committees

It's now been almost two months since Sassa was expected to sign an agreement with the Post Office to take over the payment of social grants.

A Sassa card. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has snubbed two Parliamentary committees today, saying it has no substantial progress to report in the takeover of grant payments.

It's now been almost two months since Sassa was expected to sign an agreement with the Post Office to provide the service.

Parliament's Social Development committee will now take legal advice on whether to summons Minister Bathabile Dlamini to explain the lack of co-operation.

Sassa’s no-show at this morning’s Social Development Committee outraged MPs.

It comes at a time when an independent panel of experts has delivered a scathing report to the Constitutional Court, saying the agency won’t meet next year’s court deadline for the takeover of grant payments.

The African National Congress’s Sibongile Tsoleli says: “We are heading for another disaster and our integrity is at stake here.”

Inkatha Freedom Party’s Liezl van der Merwe added Sassa made a “mockery” of the committee.

“Today they’ve made a mockery of us, by sending this letter and disregarding our jobs.”

Sassa has sent a similar explanation to Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts where it is expected to appear this evening, saying it would be a fruitless exercise.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)