BREAKING: Judge Ngoepe to referee Sassa investigation

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The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) will on Wednesday morning brief Parliament on the progress made on implementing the Constitutional Court ruling on the bidding of a new social assistance payment tender.

JOHANNESBURG - Judge Bernard Ngoepe to referee a probe into the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) debacle.

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini will be called to give answers.

The payment of grants to 17 million people was put at risk earlier this year when the Social Development Department failed to find a suitable company to take over payments.

The controversial Net-One company's contract was later extended even though their original appointment was found to be unconstitutional.

Dlamini will be called to testify at the inquiry, and the applicants, civil society groups Black Sash and Freedom Under Law, will be allowed to cross-examine.