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Sassa in hot water again over grant payments contract

Sassa will have some explaining to do before Parliament after it announced on Thursday that it had offered a contract to the Post Office to pay social grants from next year.

FILE: Sassa interim CEO Pearl Bhengu and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: Twitter/@The_DSD

CAPE TOWN - The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) will have some explaining to do before Parliament after it announced on Thursday that it had offered a contract to the Post Office to pay social grants from next year.

On Wednesday, neither Sassa nor the Social Development Department pitched up to meetings they were supposed to attend to provide a status update on the takeover of social grant payments.

In an apology sent to the social development committee and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Sassa’s interim chief executive Pearl Bhengu said that there was no progress to report.

She suggested that the agency rather meet with the committees in November.

The DA’s Bridget Masango says that MPs are once again being kept in the dark.

"It’s staggering that the portfolio committee knows nothing about this contract but the contract has been extended to Sapo (the South African Post Office)."

It’s unclear how long the Post Office has to accept the offer, but Sassa is already running almost two months behind schedule to award a contract.

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