The Black Sash is concerned that the departure of South African Security Agency (Sassa) CEO Thokozani Magwaza might affect the agency’s ability to fulfil the mandate set by the Constitutional Court. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), meanwhile, has castigated Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini over her role in the social grants crisis, saying it expects "the ANC to demand answers from its minister". The court has given Sassa one year to prepare itself to take over the social grants system from the current service provider, Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), whose contract was extended for a further year to allow for this. Magwaza was driving the takeover process. The Department of Social Development announced on Monday that Dlamini and Magwaza had reached an agreement for him to leave. Insiders report that the relationship between the two had broken down irretrievably largely because Magwaza did not accept the minister’s interference in the work of the agenc...

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