In a hard-hitting directive, the Constitutional Court has ordered the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to provide it with its detailed plans to ensure the uninterrupted payment of social grants after Cash Paymaster Services’s (CPS’s) extended contract expires at the end of March 2018. The court has ordered Sassa to report back to it by December 8 with details of matters such as "definite roles and responsibilities, precise timelines, dependencies, desired outcome and risk mitigation". The court also ordered Sassa to co-operate with the expert panel it appointed earlier in 2017. One legal expert said the unprecedented nature of the order reflected the fact the court was dealing with a failed political process. "The court is being forced to deal with the reality that Bathabile Dlamini [social development minister] should have been fired. Now we have administration law clashing with political and commercial reality." The directions, which were released last week, indicate t...

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