With a little more than two weeks to go before the contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) to pay social grant recipients expires‚ the Constitutional Court finds itself having to deal with the matter again. At the same time‚ CPS has said if it does not to sign an interim contract with the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) on Wednesday‚ it will not be able to pay grants on April 1. Company CEO Serge Belamant has said it takes 12 working days for the process to be concluded‚ based on five years of experience paying grants. On Wednesday‚ the court will hear an urgent application by the rights group Black Sash for the court to play an oversight role in the payment of social grants in SA. Sassa and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini do not oppose the relief sought by Black Sash. The court relinquished its earlier role supervising Sassa after a routine report submitted by the agency in November 2015 stated it would not award a new contract but would rather take o...

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