Trea­sury de­nies cabi­net con­flict

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THE NA­TIONAL Trea­sury yes­ter­day de­nied re­ports of a po­ten­tial con­flict be­tween Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han and Min­is­ter of So­cial Devel­op­ment Batha­bile Dlamini.

“Na­tional Trea­sury needs to put it on record that its in­volve­ment in the mat­ter of the pay­ment of grants be­yond March 31, 2017 was at the be­hest of the Depart­ment of So­cial Depart­ment (DSD) and Sassa,” the Trea­sury said in a state­ment.

“Ac­cord­ingly, Na­tional Trea­sury ex­plored and an­a­lysed the pros and cons of a range of pay­ment op­tions and pro­vided ex­pert in­puts in ar­eas of pro­cure­ment, pub­lic fi­nance, fi­nan­cial sec­tor pol­icy, bank­ing and other re­lated mat­ters.

“How­ever, it is up to Sassa as to which op­tion to choose, tak­ing into ac­count all rel­e­vant facts, laws and reg­u­la­tions. This in­cludes the rel­e­vant de­ci­sion of the courts in the same mat­ter.

“Na­tional Trea­sury is happy that the DSD has com­mit­ted to seek the view of the Con­sti­tu­tional Court in­so­far as the op­tion it prefers is con­cerned on which the court has pre­vi­ously made a de­ter­mi­na­tion.” –Staff Re­porter

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