Ten years ago this week, the Constitutional Court delivered its seminal judgment on the Sassa-CPS case, declaring the contract for the payments of social grants awarded to Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) to be unlawful.

Rather than order an immediate termination of the contract, the court initiated an extraordinary process of condoning the continuation of the contract while the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) embarked on a new process to find an alternative supplier...

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