The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has cautioned the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to stop using vulnerable South African citizens as a shield in their battle to keep issuing the state’s grant services.
Today, SASSA was granted another six-month extension to continue its contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) to disburse millions of social grants.
“We expected this ruling as SASSA has once again painted the constitutional court and the rest of SA into a corner,” said OUTA’s Social Services Portfolio Manager, Dominique Msibi.
In February this year, OUTA wrote to the President outlining our concerns in this matter and highlighted our distrust in then Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini-Zuma.
Despite the cabinet reshuffle, OUTA believes that Minister Dlamini, should still be held responsible for the failures in the Department of Social Development. Further to this, she needs to be held personally responsible for the legal costs incurred in the social grants matter at the Constitutional Court.
OUTA is outraged at the total disregard SASSA and Minister Dlamini has shown towards vulnerable citizens who depend on the social grants for their survival.
“While we are disappointed by today’s ruling, we are urging SASSA, to start putting measures in place to ensure that a smooth transition in September,” added Msibi.