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SACP to picket at SASSA offices in Uitenhage over social grants uncertainty

Mar 8, 2017
SACP to picket at SASSA offices in Uitenhage over social grants uncertainty

In light of the current uncertainty over future social grant payments, the South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Nelson Mandela Bay region says it will be holding a picket at the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) Regional Offices in Uitenhage on Thursday afternoon.

"The SACP will deliver a memorandum to the management of the SASSA branch, outlining the concerns of communities around the Nelson Mandela Bay on the ongoing crisis that is threatening the payment of social grants on the 1st of April 2017," explained SACP Eastern Cape Provincial Spokesperson, Siyabonga Mdodi.

The picket will be held from 12h00 – 13h00.

This follows reports that around 17 million South Africans, who rely on social grants, might not be paid come the 1st of April when the contract of Cash Paymaster Services expires.

Still, Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, has sought to allay these fears saying that her Department has the situation under control. 

Asked about her previous claims that her Department could take over the payments, Dlamini, told Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday that they had underestimated the work required to be able to take over the payment of grants.

A deal has not yet been ironed out with CPS to continue paying social grants from 1 April, despite assurances from the Minister that an agreement was close.