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IFP welcomes Sassa, Sapo deal on social grant payments

On Sunday, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe announced that the phasing out of the current contract with Cash Paymaster Services will begin immediately.

Picture: @OfficialSASSA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has welcomed the agreement reached by South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and the South African Post Office with regards to the payment of social grants.

On Sunday, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe announced that the phasing out of the current contract with Cash Paymaster Services will begin immediately.

Speaking on 702, IFP MP Mkhululeko Hlengwa says this has been a difficult road with Sassa determined on derailing the process.

“It’s a welcomed move after a roller coaster ride of incompetence on the part of Sassa which was very clearly well-orchestrated and engineered to derail the process because they wanted to continue working with CPS albeit the findings of the Constitutional Court.”

Minister Radebe says the new contract will allow flexibility for beneficiaries to access their payments, access to funds in the most remote parts of the country and safeguard and protect the dignity of all beneficiaries.

“One of the primary objectives of this phasing is to fundamentally reduce cash payments for security, efficiency and cost saving purposes.”

Radebe says the new system also aims to reduce fraud and corruption within the system.

“Provisioning of consistent payment of the right grant, to the right person, at the right time.”

Sassa cards will remain valid for now.