Parliament’s portfolio committee on social development on Wednesday demanded clarity on what social grants agency Sassa meant by a "phase in, phase out" term regarding Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), which the Constitutional Court has ordered to be excluded from the distribution system by April 1. The top court has directed the South African Social Security Agency to phase out CPS as a payment partner and phased in the South African Post Office (Sapo). Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini threw a cat among the pigeons over the weekend when she sought to cast doubt over Sapo’s ability to take over the grants payment function for 17-million beneficiaries. Sassa told the committee that the provision of electronic payments would be concluded within six months as part of the "phase out" of CPS and the "phasing in" of Sapo as the agency’s payment partner. The committee wanted to know about the business relationship between Sassa and CPS beyond the April deadline. Portfolio comm...

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