Lawyers for the Department of Social Development and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) have been "working around the clock" to reply to questions posed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng about the contract to pay social grants. The Constitutional Court gave them until 4pm on Monday to file their answers. Their attorney, Tim Sukazi, said the legal team had been working hard "It’s been tough, not only because of this deadline but because there are … other legal processes in government which needed to happen and paperwork which needed to be prepared," Sukazi said. "We managed to achieve quite a few things, now we are focused on filing at 4pm. That should happen." Last week, Mogoeng instructed Sassa to inform the Constitutional Court whether it had entered into a new contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), and if so provide full details of the agreement. The chief justice sent a list of questions wanting to know, among other things, who had decided that Sassa would not...

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