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Treasury set to brief MPs on review of Sassa, Sapo impasse

The Post Office has rejected an offer from Sassa to only provide a payment and biometric system for the payment of grants, saying it can do a lot more.

Sassa CEO Pearl Bhengu (left), Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini at a media briefing. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Treasury is expected to appear before a joint Parliamentary meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss its review of the impasse between South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and the Post Office.

It was requested to intervene last week and compile a report for the inter-ministerial committee to advise on how to break the deadlock over the payment of social grants.

There’s just less than five months to go, before Sassa is expected to comply with a Constitutional Court deadline to take over the payment of grants.

The Post Office has rejected an offer from Sassa to only provide a payment and biometric system for the payment of grants, saying that it can do a lot more.

But Sassa says that its due diligence reveals that the Post Bank is not capable of handling a full contract.

On Tuesday, opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) lashed out at Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini in the National Assembly, claiming that she was engineering another social grants crisis.

The IFP’s Mkhuleko Hlengwa said: “Sassa is hell bent on maintaining the bosom friend relationship it has with CPS.

Cope’s Willy Madisha accused Dlamini of interfering in the tender process, saying it could only be concluded that corruption was at the heart of the delays.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)