CAPE TOWN – Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said those who say she is personally benefitting from South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) contracts should provide real evidence not speculations.
Speaking to journalists in Parliament on Tuesday, Dlamini said delays to reach an agreement with South Africa Post Office to take over social grant payments from Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) doesn’t mean she is hesitant, but formal procedures had to be followed.
Asked whether she benefitted in any way from the current service provider, Cash Paymaster Services, in confidence she replied;
“Payroll? They must show that. Kickbacks? They must show that.”
Dlamini made it clear that she was committed to working with the Post Office and phase out a contract with the incompetent Cash Paymaster Services.
Although another deadline has been missed to enter into a formal agreement with the post office, Dlamini is adamant that an agreement will be reached soon as negotiations are set to continue.
The minister said it was necessary for both parties to reach an agreement sooner than later for the benefit of all South Africans.
“We are not malicious. We are going to sit together see if we find ourselves. But we’re ready, we are late already. If we keep on postponing, we might again get a big hiding as social development.”
Both departments, Sassa and the Post Office are set to report back to Parliament on Wednesday.
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