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CPS appeal dismissed

“We call on the Hawks to re-open an investigation into the past relationship between CPS, the ministry and Sassa..."

The Constitutional Court dismissed the cash paymaster services (CPS) application for leave to appeal the supreme court of appeal judgment that ordered them to repay the R316 million to the South African Social Agency also known as Sassa. Corruption watch shined the light on the issue and brought a case against CPS.

The court ruled that the CPS appeal had no reasonable prospects of success and did not qualify as a constitutional matter for consideration.

Corruption Watch first approached the North Gauteng High Court in 2015 seeking that the court review and set aside the exorbitant payment from Sassa to CPS that went beyond the scope of the contractual arrangement. CPS is now obliged to repay the R316-million plus interest accrued to Sassa.

David Lewis, executive director of Corruption Watch, commented: “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.”

The line needs to be drawn, Lewis added, that certain people in the ministry and Sassa profited from these illegal transfers. “We call on the Hawks to re-open 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”.

CPS is a subsidiary of Nasdaq-listed Net1 UEPS Technologies, which scored billions from Sassa, even after the Constitutional Court ordered the organization to stop outsourcing the payments. While the investigations are ongoing, South Africa Post office has taken over payments of the grants.

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