With just nine months to go before the critical end-March 2018 cut-off date, the Constitutional Court has released details of a high-powered panel appointed to monitor the process of phasing out Net1’s involvement in the distribution of social grants. The calibre of the panel members — which includes former Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus, head of the National Payment System Tim Masela, ANC veteran Mavuso Msimang and IT expert Mmamolatelo Mathekga — indicates the court is intent on ensuring a smooth and effective process. Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis said it was evident that the court wanted to ensure it was not misled by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini or the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) about Sassa’s ability to distribute social grants without Net1. Until late in 2016 Dlamini had insisted Sassa would be able to take over from Net1 subsidiary Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) by the end of March, when the previous social grant distribu...

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