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Sassa to reveal details of offer made to Post Office to pay grants

Sassa was expected to start testing its new payment system in November, a deadline that now appears unlikely to be met.

A Sassa card. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is on Tuesday expected to tell parliamentarians what offer it's made the Post Office to pay out grants.

This comes after the agency failed to turn up to two meetings last week, to explain progress in meeting a Constitutional Court deadline to takeover grant payments.

In letters to two parliamentary committees last week, Sassa explained its absence by saying it had no progress to report.

But a day later, the Department of Social Development said an offer had been made to the Post Office to pay grants next year.

Chairperson of Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Themba Godi, says that Sassa’s failure to pitch to meetings is no longer an issue.

“The concerns around the letter that was sent has been raised and these have been smoothed over.”

Godi says the committees are getting edgy that Sassa could find itself in the same predicament it did earlier this year.

“Our main focus and interest right now is the actual procurement. Where are we? All these other niggling things, these little irritations here and there, we don't want to make that the focus, we want to keep our eye on the ball.”

Sassa was expected to start testing its new payment system in November, a deadline that now appears unlikely to be met.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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