Judgment will be handed down in the social grants matter on Friday at 10am. Black Sash asked the Constitutional Court to supervise the payment of social grants to ensure they are paid on April 1, after Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini failed to ensure there was a company in place to distribute grants when the contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) expires at the end of the month. She also failed to ensure the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) would pay the grants themselves, as they had promised the court in November 2015. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was on fire during the hearing on Wednesday‚ grilling Dlamini and Sassa advocate Andrew Breitenbach SC in an attempt to get to the bottom of what led to the mess. CPS CEO Serge Belamant said he wanted judgment this week so that payments could be made on time as it takes 12 working days to effect them. The court will decide whether to extend the invalid contract between Sassa and CPS or create a new one. Al...

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