THE Constitutional Court will hear the South African Social
Security Agency's application to extend the Cash Paymaster Services (CPS)
contract further on Tuesday.
SASSA currently has over a month to reach the deadline of
migrating the grants system from CPS.
The agency says millions of beneficiaries will be affected by the
grant payments system if CPS' contract is not extended.
Acting South African Sassa CEO Pearl Bhengu and new Social
Development Minister Susan Shabangu appeared in Parliament last week Wednesday
to update MPs on the Sassa and the department's state of readiness to migrate
the nation's social grants scheme from CPS by April 1.
Bhengu told MPs that all payments from April will come from
Sassa's corporate account and not from CPS.
She further mentioned that this will include payments to the 5.7
million people who have Grindrod Bank cards.
Sassa raised the issue that
29% of grant beneficiaries are mostly from rural areas and depend on cash
deliveries of their social grants, which is a service provided by CPS.