CPS wants R194m a month to pay grants


Pensioners collect their grant money on March 01, 2017 in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

CAPE TOWN - It's now emerged that the CPS contract will now cost R4.6-billion over two years, or R194-million a month.

President Jacob Zuma has been fielding questions on the Sassa grants crisis during a Q-and-A in Parliament today.

DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane, is again calling for Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, to step down, but the president insists there is no crisis.

READ: DA demands Bathabile Dlamini's head

He ridiculed calls that he fire Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini as a “funny” notion of how democracy works, saying it was asking too much of him to expect that he dismiss a minister for an event that has not yet transpired.


Zuma was contradicting Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng who on Wednesday plainly termed the government’s lack of a system to pay 17-million grants next month a crisis.

READ: Sassa grant issue is a crisis: Chief Justice

The Constitutional Court heard an application from rights groups to force the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to find a lawful means of fulfilling its obligation to pay grants.

An exasperated Mogoeng said it was hard to understand how Dlamini had not spent proverbial sleepless nights ensuring that her core mandate — the payment of welfare grants — was carried out. -- Additional reporting: African News Agency








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