Sassa, Sapo headed for showdown in Parly over grant payments

Scopa's Themba Godi says that if Minister Bathabile Dlamini fails to come up with a suitable plan for grant payments next year, she could face a motion of no confidence.

FILE: Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and the Post Office are headed for a show down in Parliament on Tuesday over the payment of grants.

On Monday, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini announced that the agency will put out to tender three of the four services required for grant payments because the Post Bank can't provide them.

Dlamini, along with Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele, are today expected to explain how negotiations have reached this point at a joint meeting of the Social Development Committee and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa).

With only five months left before a Constitutional Court ruling has to be met for the Social Security Agency to take over grant payments, negotiations are still up in the air.

Dlamini has evaded providing progress reports in Parliament for the past two weeks, choosing instead to do so at a media briefing in East London on Monday.

Chairperson of Parliament's Standing Committee Themba Godi says: “I really am worried whether we are going to have anybody in that short space of time to make it.”

Godi says that if Dlamini fails to come up with a suitable plan for grant payments next year, she could face a motion of no confidence.