Post Office Provides Solution to Sassa Crisis

CEO Mark Barnes has submitted an affidavit dated March 13 to the Constitutional Court as part of the Post Office's application to be admitted as a friend of the court in the Black Sash vs Sassa matter due to be heard on Wednesday. 

In the court papers, Barnes states that using the Post Office would "serve the national interest, protect beneficiaries' information and support government's ambitions for radical socio-economic transformation". 

SASSA Confusion Continues

Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), a subsidiary of US-based Net1 UEPS Technologies, will have the upper hand to negotiate for a bigger slice of the pie following an admission by social development minister Bathibile Dlamini that government is in talks to extend the current social grant payments contract.

Social grant payments are administered and distributed by CPS after it was awarded a five-year, R10 billion tender in January 2012.

SASSA Fraud Starts in the Western Cape

The ongoing fraud involving social grants by ‘syndicates’, which has left many South African State Security Agency (SASSA) beneficiaries angry and insecure, appears to originate from the Western Cape.

This is according to SASSA service provider, Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), after it launched an intensive internal investigation following numerous complaints from beneficiaries about unauthorised deductions from their social grant payments.

Call to Establish Inspectorate for Social Assistance

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the establishment of an Inspectorate for Social Assistance will enable the South African Social Security Agency to better assist impoverished South Africans.

DA social development spokesperson, Patricia Kopane, points out that, "The DA believes that the introduction of a robust Inspectorate is of the utmost priority if the mismanagement and corruption that is rampant in [South African Social Security Agency] SASSA is to be abated."

Petersen: SASSA Revises Systems

Government’s social grants agency, South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is working on various projects to tighten up their systems in order to deal with potential fraudsters.

SASSA chief executive, Virginia Petersen, told the National Press Club in Pretoria that they are busy with forensic and information technology audits to identify weaknesses in their system.

Meanwhile, thousands of fraudsters who were caught through the Special Investigation Unit’s probe have agreed to pay back the money.

SASSA Audit Gets Disclaimer

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), which distributes social grants to more than 14 million people, has received a disclaimer from the Auditor-General, due to poor record-keeping in the past financial year.

The agency’s 2009-10 annual report was only filed in Parliament last week, several months after its due date. The financial statements were submitted to Auditor-General’s office only in August last year, instead of before May 31 as required by law.

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