WATCH: Minister Bathabile Dlamini scoffs at reporter's questions


Johannesburg, 05 March 2017 - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has promised that social grant payment will be made come the first of April.

PRETORIA - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini says social assistance is a constitutional right and her department won't fail in delivering on this right.

The minister remains adamant they will pay grants due to 10-million recipients come 1 April 2017, despite a debacle on how this will be done.

Dlamini was speaking to journalists in Pretoria on Sunday morning.

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She addressed a briefing on the plans they made regarding the implementation of a payment system to ensure beneficiaries will receive their grants come next month.

She said that there has been no replacement found for Cash Paymaster Services because of "non-responsive" social grant payment tender bidders. 

Dlamini said Sassa is committed to using over 2600 Post Office outlets as part of grants "payment vehicle" 

When questioned about the practicality of this implementation,  the resignation of Director General Zane Dangor and the working relationship between her and the CEO the minister was less than pleased.

Click on the above video to see part of the question and answer session between the minister and eNCA journalist Karyn Maughan.  

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