Ann Crotty Writer-at-large

At 6.30am on Monday, SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) CEO Thokozani Magwaza was at the Ikwezi Community Centre in Gugulethu to oversee the distribution of social grants. For someone who had just been thrown under a bus by his political boss, Magwaza looked remarkably relaxed. Grant distribution went smoothly. Not only in the Western Cape, but across the country it looked as though a crisis had been averted, thanks in large part to the constitutional court and the intervention of former finance minister Pravin Gordhan. Magwaza told the Financial Mail he was feeling well (he was booked off on sick leave as recently as a month ago) and had no plans to take sick leave again or step down. With the critical April distribution safely behind him, Magwaza is keen to focus on what needs to be done to ensure Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) will be out of the picture by the end of March 2018. Last month the constitutional court ruled that CPS, a subsidiary of Nasdaq and JSE-listed Net1, had a co...

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