18 missing patients from Life Esidimeni are still receiving a state grant.
(48 patients are still missing according to the Gauteng Health Department)
The Constitutional Court in 2014 ruled that the contract SASSA signed with CPS in 2012 was illegal and invalid. In April 2017, the court suspended the order of invalidity until March 31, 2018, to allow the social development department and SASSA time to find a new provider.
SABC ~ Social grant agency South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) has asked the Constitutional Court for an extension on its contract with Cash Paymester Services (CPS) to pay out grants.
Sassa spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi says they have requested a six-month extension to allow for a smooth transition from CPS to the South African Post Office.
The contract with CPS ends at the end of March, but already the Post office CEO has written to the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation complaining about delays.
“The contractor of the current payment contract is coming to an end at the end on 31 March 2018. The South African Social Security Agency is asking for a phase in phase out where in the SA Post Office will come in and the current contractor will come out.”
“However you need to make sure that there is a smooth transitional process. You want to make sure there are no glitches and to make sure our beneficiaries continue to get their social grants,” says Letsatsi.
CPS has been responsible for the parasitic and illegal deductions which see some pensioners go home with as little as R100 of their grants every month. We cannot allow that our people are once again subjected to such unethical and immoral behaviour. The Minister’s ineptitude and dodgy intentions have brought us yet another impending self-created social grants crisis.
She has dragged her feet and frustrated SASSA’s entire procurement process.
~ Lindy Wilson, DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Social Development