Black Sash Media Alert - Judgement in court cases to be handed down at 10am, 9 May 2017

8 May 2017

Judgement in the four court cases in the matter between Net 1 Applied Technologies (PTY) LTD against the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), the Department of Social Development (DSD) and others will be handed down at 10h00 on Tuesday 9 May 2017 at the North Gauteng High Court in Room 8B.

Background

In May 2016, Department of Social Development published Regulations to the Social Assistance Act to stop deductions from the SASSA payment mechanism. The Regulations were challenged by Net1, its subsidiaries and other commercial allies. These companies argued that the SASSA bank account should not be restricted, in other words, that deductions and debit orders should continue to be facilitated from social grant beneficiaries bank accounts. 

The four court cases were heard on the 17th and 18th of October 2016. Net1 and some of its subsidiaries argued that the Regulations must be declared invalid. The Black Sash, as an intervening party, argued that if the High Court rules in the Net1 cohort’s favour, that the Minister be given the opportunity to fix Regulations to protect grant beneficiaries from exploitative practices.

For further enquiries please contact:

  • Black Sash KZN Regional Manager: Evashnee Naidu - 084 430 6133
  • Black Sash National Director: Lynette Maart - 083 628 3425