Social Security Agency (Sassa) has given the guarantee that the more than two-million people who receive their social grants in cash will definitely get their money.
Earlier on Friday, the Constitutional Court extended the contract between Sassa and cash distributor Cash Paymaster Services by a further six months.
The contract was due to expire on the 31st of March.
Sassa had brought an urgent application to the court, saying it would not have been ready to pay the social grant beneficiaries who received their money in cash.
Sassa was also concerned about the continued provision of certain electronic payment services currently provided by CPS, until the South African Post Office takes full control of these services.
Sassa spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi says: “As an organisation we welcome the judgment by the Con-court. And we commit ourselves that we will implement it. What makes us happy is that all beneficiaries who get their payment in cash will get it without any hindrance.”
The Constitutional Court ruled that the social security agency may continue to work with grants distributor Cash Paymaster Services for a six-month period.
However, conditions include detailed reporting to the court on making arrangements for Sassa’s own administering of grants.
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