THE South African Post Office will distribute grants from April.
This is according to Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. He assured MPs yesterday that the Constitutional Court ruling to ensure that Cash Paymaster Services did not distribute grants would be followed up.
Radebe also squashed rumours that the post office would use its predecessor’s technology.
“I do not see that possibility because the Constitutional Court was very clear that an entity other than Cash Paymaster Services must provide these services.
“There will be a complete new entity as far as the inter-ministerial committee is concerned.” Radebe said no cards would expire after December.
“Our aim is to protect grant beneficiaries and we will leave no stone unturned to sort out this issue and make sure it happens.”
Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini was present at the meeting, which took less than the scheduled three hours.
She did not say anything other than to shake her head when some MPs made comments.
The exact details of the deal to be signed have not been revealed.
Radebe’s dramatic intervention in the grants issue followed Dlamini’s announcement to the joint committee last week that the SA Post Office couldn’t distribute grants.