Are you or a family member at risk of losing your grant?

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The current news in the media speaks of the crisis created by SASSA (South African Social Security Agency). About 17 million people receive social grants. The media questions whether these recipients will be paid on April 1, 2017.

The weekend newspaper outlined that the contract to Cashpaymasters Services (CPS) was controversially awarded in 2012. The constitutional court declared it invalid in 2014 and instructed SASSA to reissue the tender. This was not done since then.

Many political analysts say that with just a few weeks remaining, the payment of pensions and grants are not guaranteed.

Grantees are saying that even if the payments are made as promised by the minister, there should never be a situation where such late and last minute scrambling are taking place.

Surely a government department should have vision, plan well ahead, and act proactively. These administrators are paid well by us, the tax payers, to do their jobs. None of them is a volunteer. Why is there a created crisis? The recent sudden resignation of the director-general may also be reflective of this crisis.

Is there a reason for the created crisis, asks a journalist. Is it to ensure that CPS remains the preferred contractor? Are there people or organisations at the top who are the beneficiaries of this arrangement?

Legal experts reflect that asking CPS to continue will be in contravention of the Constitutional Court ruling. The question is who will punish the transgressors as they certainly will not sanction themselves?

A political analyst surmised that a pattern is emerging in government departments. When delivery is not made due to poor administration, leadership, corruption, and the awarding of tenders to favoured contractors, a so-called ‘crisis’ is created by that department. The next step is to ask for bail-out from government. The bail-out is then paid by taxpayer’s money.

The analyst further cited other government departments such as Eskom, SAA and the Passenger Rail Association of SA who found themselves suddenly in a ‘crisis.’ The government goes to their financial rescue.

People in leadership and even ordinary citizens should add their voices to end corruption and ask for smooth and honest delivery by every government department.

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Dr Guru Kistnasamy

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