Scopa welcomes Concourt ruling in SASSA matter

Scopa welcomes Concourt ruling in SASSA matter

Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has welcomed the Constitutional Court judgement on the social grants payment saga.

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Scopa chairperson, Temba Godi, says the judgement resolves the grant payment crisis that was facing the country and gives practical guidance on the temporary contract to be worked out with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS).

He says the parliamentary committee is also happy with the order on the protection of the personal data of grant recipients, which has been abused by CPS for commercial benefit.

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Godi says Scopa is looking forward to hearing from the Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini on why she should not be held personally liable for the cost of these proceedings, which could have been avoided had she done her job.

"We are eagerly awaiting to see the affidavit of the minister on why she should not be personally held liable for paying the costs, which I think is very damning against her personally," Godi says.

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He says Scopa also wants to salute and acknowledge the civil society organisations which brought the matter to court in the interest of the most vulnerable.

"It is this kind of active citizenry that we should encourage to strengthen our democracy," Godi says.

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