Committee Expresses Satisfaction with Sassa’s Progress on Implementation of the Constitutional Court Judgement

Parliament� The Portfolio Committee on Social Development today received a briefing from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) on progress made on the implementation of the Constitutional Court judgement.

The presentation on the briefing included an update on the progress that has been achieved by Sassa with payments to beneficiaries from April 2018 to August 2018. The committee was informed that Sassa has reduced the number of beneficiaries paid by Cash Paymaster Services by 2 063 163 to 1 098 669.

Sassa also reported to the committee that there were no major challenges experienced in August in payments to beneficiaries compared to July. These payments were deposited through the Post Bank account cards in August. The South African Post Office will also pilot cash payment solutions at 18 sites across the country.

The Chairperson of the committee, Ms Zoleka Capa, said she is very impressed with the good work which Sassa has done so far in the implementation of the Constitutional Court judgement. She told Sassa that Post Offices are not meant for a large number of people and the beneficiaries should not be subjected to long queues. The Department of Social Development must do something about that, said Ms Capa.

Ms Capa thanked the assistance provided by the social workers of the Department of Social Development, especially on community work. Social workers assist the people and also the public will be empowered by their availability, said Ms Capa. She commended the partnership established between councillors, traditional leaders as stakeholders to assist Sassa in the delivery of services to the people.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa