Zuma apologises unreservedly to all South Africans following social grants saga

Posted Марта 21, 2017

He echoed the Minister of Social Development's apology to grant beneficiaries for the "undue anxiety that resulted from the uncertainty over grant distribution".

Following the Constitutional Court ruling to extend the contract between the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), the DA calls on President Jacob Zuma and Minister Bathabile Dlamini to recuse themselves from the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on social security and let Parliament do its job and oversee the implementation of the new contract.

South Africa's highest court on Friday averted a major crisis that could have seen 17 million people affected after it extended the social grants payments for one year. "But by appointing himself to led the committee, Zuma is sending a message to the court about who is in control", said a Sassa employee who spoke to the paper.

"The declaration of invalidity of the contract is suspended for twelve months from 1 April 2017", said Judge Johan Froneman in reading the Court's judgment, stating that the payment of social benefits was a "constitutional obligation".

Our Zuptoid-led government seems to have shifted from not knowing what it can not do (and denying dysfunction) to being shaken into realising what it can not do; as evidenced by the inter-ministerial committee now set up to ensure social grants are paid smoothly and on time.

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But the president said the court has now given clear instructions on the extension of the grants distribution and the parameters within which government must operate.

"The labour movement has been calling for comprehensive reforms of our social security system over a period of time".

One in three South Africans depend on these payments.

The court ruled on Friday that the CPS contract be upheld for a further 12 months under stringent conditions.

The Constitutional Court has given Dodging Dlamini until 31 March to submit her argument as to why she should not personally pay the legal costs for this process, which is a damning indictment on her. Media, opposition parties and SASSA executives were also responsible for fanning the flames of the crisis, she said, according to the report.

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