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Johannesburg – The Constitutional Court is on Tuesday expected to hear an application by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to extend the Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) contract by six months.

Roughly 2.5 million beneficiaries will not get their grant payments if the contract with CPS is not extended, the agency argued in court papers. READ: 2.5 million grant recipients don't have personal identification numbers to access grants

Sassa's concern is for the 29% of grant beneficiaries, most of whom live in rural areas and depend on cash deliveries of their social grants, a service that is currently provided by CPS.

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