The Constitutional Court is ruling on the request from the Social Security Agency (Sassa) to have its controversial contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) to pay welfare grants to millions of beneficiaries, extended by six months.

The contract between the current service provider‚ Cash Paymaster Services (CPS)‚ and Sassa  which began in 2012‚ was declared invalid by the Constitutional Court in 2014.

In March last year‚ the court suspended this invalidity for a second time until the 31st of March 2018 to allow for the continuation of the payment of grants and to give Sassa time to appoint a new grants distributor.