Sassa to get money back

The Citizen (KZN) - - News -

The Con­sti­tu­tional Court has re­fused Cash Pay­mas­ter Ser­vices (CPS) leave to ap­peal a judg­ment or­der­ing the com­pany to pay back R316 mil­lion to the South African So­cial Security Agency (Sassa).

The court ruled that CPS’ ap­peal had no rea­son­able prospects of suc­cess and “did not qual­ify as a con­sti­tu­tional mat­ter for con­sid­er­a­tion”, ac­cord­ing to anti-cor­rup­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion Cor­rup­tion Watch.

The mat­ter spans back to 2014, when Sassa paid CPS the money af­ter the com­pany claimed it had en­rolled more grant re­cip­i­ents and ben­e­fi­cia­ries than it had been con­tracted to do.

Cor­rup­tion Watch brought the mat­ter to the High Court in Pre­to­ria in 2015 to re­view and set aside the ex­or­bi­tant pay­ment.

David Lewis, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Cor­rup­tion Watch, said they were “de­lighted”.

“While we are ob­vi­ously de­lighted at the de­ci­sion of the Con­sti­tu­tional Court and now ex­pect Sassa to im­me­di­ately se­cure the ap­prox­i­mately R500 mil­lion rand owed to it by CPS, the full story of the CPS/Sassa saga will not be told un­til the law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties in­ves­ti­gate the re­la­tion­ship be­tween, on the one hand, key in­di­vid­u­als in Sassa and the min­istry of so­cial de­vel­op­ment, and, on the other hand, se­nior man­age­ment of CPS.

“These il­le­gal pay­ments were not made in er­ror,” Lewis said.

He has called on law en­force­ment to now in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter.

“We call on the Hawks to re­open an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the past re­la­tion­ship be­tween CPS, the min­istry and Sassa, and to bring to jus­tice those in­di­vid­u­als who prof­ited from the il­le­gal pay­ments,” Lewis said.

CPS is owned by Net1, whose CEO, Her­man Kotzé, said they were hope­ful their ap­peal would be granted.

It is still un­clear how CPS plan to pay back the money, as “no de­ci­sions have been made”, Kotzé said. – News24 Wire

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