26 March 2018 | Media Statement
The Constitutional Court further suspended the invalidity declaration of the contract between Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) by six months effective from 01 April 2018. This applies to the cash payment aspect of the contract only. In other words today's judgement makes it possible for CPS to continue paying grants on a cash basis at SASSA pay points till September 2018.
SASSA welcomes these developments and commits to ensuring that all the conditions set by the court are fully complied with. SASSA will among others continue to report regularly to the Court and the court-appointed panel of experts.
This clears whatever uncertainty was created with regards to grant payments in April 2018 particularly and SASSA would like to assure beneficiaries of social grants that they will continue to receive their grants as usual. SASSA will also ensure that their personal information is protected so that no unscrupulous financial service provider can abuse their accounts.
As part of eventually taking over the direct payment of all grants in the future, SASSA and the South African Post Office (SAPO) will make announcements on how the new system will work. In the meantime beneficiaries should continue using their current SASSA cards which are still valid.
All other beneficiaries who use other payment channels such as banks, ATM's and merchants will experience no changes and SASSA will continue making direct payments into their accounts monthly. Beneficiaries can call 0800 60 10 11 for further clarity.
Issued on behalf of SASSA