Sassa withheld critical information: ConCourt

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A pensioner holds his SASSA card during grant collection on March 01, 2017 in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

A pensioner holds his SASSA card during grant collection on March 01, 2017 in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court wants to know why the Social Security Agency (Sassa) withheld crucial information in court.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has ordered Sassa and the Post Office to explain conflicting statements on plans to pay social grants.

In court, Sassa and the Post Office claimed there were no contingency plans to pay social welfare if the contract with Cash Paymaster Services was not extended.

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But Sassa and the Post Office also held a media briefing, revealing detailed plans to pay beneficiaries.

The court has given both parties until Monday to file their response.