The Concourt continues its oversight of the new SASSA tender process, and today closed the option for any litigating party to seek relief from any other court.
The Black Sash Trust joined the AllPay 2 Constitutional Court matter on Friday, 13 March 2015 as a Friend of the Court (amicus curiae). Unlawful and fraudulent debit deductions by third parties from the bank accounts of grant beneficiaries persist under an invalid contract for the national payment of social grants awarded to the current provider, Cash Paymaster Services (CPS).
National Director, Lynette Maart, said the Black Sash is glad that the Concourt has acted swiftly to ensure that the new tender is awarded and implemented in the interest of grant beneficiaries. We are pleased about the Concourt ruling to finalise and implement the new tender without further delay.
Key milestones with timeframes include that the RFP be circulated to prospective bidders and the Concourt by 17 April 2015; bids be submitted by 17 May 2015; and SASSA award the new tender by 15 October 2015. Furthermore any further relief by parties, such as CPS, will have to be channelled through the Concourt, and on very limited grounds.
The Black Sash remains committed to act in the best interest of the social grant beneficiaries, and to bring to a swift end these unlawful and fraudulent deductions.
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