Concern over Sassa grants

2017-03-16 06:02

STATE grant beneficiaries are extremely worried after rumours about non-payment in April did the rounds.

Recently Sassa Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini has been answering questions from the Constitutional Court on Sassa’s contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), which allegedly has expired.

In 2014, the Constitutional Court ruled that the deal with CPS was invalid and the department was required to find a new company or means to distribute the grants.

However, the contract was allowed to run until the end of this month.

Fever reporter spoke to some grant beneficiaries and pensioners about the situation.

Pensioner Ntombilezi Gumede said the situation is not good.

“We do not have any other income besides our pension. If we do not get it how will we survive?”

Unemployed grant beneficiary Nomzamo Zangwa said this is a serious problem which adds to the unemployment situation in South Africa.

“We have trouble finding jobs and now our grants won’t be paid. How will our children go to school, what are our children going to eat. What is happening in our country?” said Zangwa.

President Jacob Zuma held talks with Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and Dlamini to ensure that social security payments are made.

Department of Social Development spokesperson Lumka Olifant was contacted to give comment.

“Sassa has filed its supplementary progress report to the Constitutional Court. The minister wishes to assure social grant beneficiaries that they will receive their social grants,” said Olifant.

According to Fin 24’s report on Monday CPS and Sassa agreed to a new two-year contract, but the terms have to be agreed to by National Treasury.

The report said Net1 CEO Serge Belamant “would not provide details but said the fee charged each month for each of the approximately 11 million recipients would be considerably below the R25 mentioned in the media”.

The report also said on Sunday that Dlamini plans to bring in a new welfare system over the next two years as calls for her resignation mounted, because more than 17 million grant beneficiaries will possibly not get their grant in April.

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