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Sassa in hot water after failing to convince ConCourt on request for further extension of CPS contract

JOHANNESBURG, March 6 – A full bench of judges at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday reserved judgment on the request from the South African 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. “If you […]

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Social grants inquiry postponed

JOHANNESBURG, January 26 – Retired Judge Bernard Ngoepe on Friday postponed the inquiry into South Africa’s social grants after indicating that he was not feeling well. “I am not feeling well and can’t go beyond this point, I am sorry. I really tried keeping myself together but am not well,” he said. Ngoepe had in the morning […]

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Dlamini ignored legal advice, inquiry hears

JOHANNESBURG, January 25 – Social Development Minister, Btahabile Dlamini, ignored legal advice that she immediately inform the Constitutional Court on the South Africa Social Security Agency’s (SASSA) imminent failure to meet the deadline to take over grant payments from Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), forcing rights groups Black Sash to approach the court, an inquiry into the grants […]

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Dlamini accuses former CEO of causing problems at Sassa

JOHANNESBURG, January 23 – A visibly angry Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini on Tuesday accused former South African Social Security (Sassa) CEO Thokozani Magwaza of “causing problems” regarding the work of advisory groups called workstreams. “Fighting over job of workstreams started when Magwaza arrived [after appointment as CEO]. I was surprised [at Magwaza] because he […]

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‘No issues with workstreams’ – Minister Dlamini testifies at Sassa inquiry

JOHANNESBURG, January 22 – None of the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) bosses had a problem with the work of appointed advisory groups called work-streams, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said on Monday. Speaking in isiZulu, Dlamini began her testimony at the Sassa inquiry about her role in the social grants saga before retired judge Bernard […]

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Over 70 bank cards and 37 Sassa cards seized in NCape, four arrested

JOHANNESBURG- Four people were arrested in Prieska after over 70 bank cards and over 37 South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) pension cards were seized, Northern Cape police said.   On Monday, spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba said members of the Kimberley public order policing (POP) and De Aar Crime Intelligence arrested a man in Prieska in connection with money laundering, and […]