ConCourt gives Sassa 4 weeks to provide full plan for grants payment takeover

The Chief Justice says the new directions issued by the court are to ensure compliance with its March order that Sassa takes over grant payments from Cash Paymaster Services by 1 April.

FILE: Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The Constitutional Court wants the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to provide its full plan for the takeover of grants payment by 8 December.

The court has issued new directions to ensure Sassa meets the April deadline.

The directions come in the wake of a scathing report submitted to the court by a panel of experts in September, in which it cited a lack of cooperation by Sassa, expressing the belief that it will not meet the court deadline.

The Chief Justice says the new directions issued by the court are to ensure compliance with its March order that Sassa takes over grant payments from Cash Paymaster Services by 1 April.

By next Friday, Sassa has to provide the panel of experts with all details of its plan to take over the grant payment system, including any procurement processes for service providers.

It will also have to report to the panel every month on its progress and provide details of a communications plan to keep beneficiaries abreast of the transition.

The court wants to see a contingency plan by 8 December if Sassa is not able to meet the April deadline.