CPS dismisses Dangor's 'unsubstantiated allegations'

2017-04-13 17:06
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Johannesburg - Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) has dismissed the "unsubstantiated allegations" made against it by former Social Development Department director general Zane Dangor in his affidavit.

In court papers filed on Thursday in response to Dangor, the company said the allegations made by him were also irrelevant to the issue before the court.

"CPS objects to the unsubstantiated allegations and insinuations of impropriety that Dangor makes against CPS in his affidavits," CPS director Nunthakumarin Pillay said in an affidavit filed at the Constitutional Court.

Dangor filed an affidavit to the Constitutional Court on Monday, backing former SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) head Thokozani Magwaza's stand against Dlamini.

In his affidavit, Dangor said he had warned Minister Bathabile Dlamini at a meeting in October that he had the "distinct impression" that there was an element of self-created delay to ensure CPS continued to pay social grants.

He said he had raised two concerns: That there might be legal challenges to a new contract with CPS and that this might delay the payment of grants; and that a new contract might be "a political minefield and immoral".

'Appropriate time, forum'

This was in the context of "emerging evidence that CPS was involved in immoral and/or illegal deductions from the accounts of grant recipients".

Pillay in response said: "CPS does not consider this the appropriate time or forum to address the allegations and insinuations in Mr Dangor's affidavits, particularly as they are irrelevant to the issue before the court."

Pillay said CPS would address the allegations at the appropriate time and in the appropriate forum.

In its own documents to the court, CPS argued for a new two-year contract, in which it would charge Sassa R4.6bn over two years.

Magwaza's affidavit, filed earlier this month, suggested Dlamini was determined to ensure that Sassa would not take over the distribution of social grants.

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