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CALS and Black Sash welcome Con Court order on social grant enquiry

- Lee-Anne Bruce

Con Court orders Justice Bernard Ngoepe to be appointed as referee in case against SASSA

The Constitutional Court has made a new order in the matter brought by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) on behalf of the Black Sash Trust against SASSA, the Minister of Social Development and Cash Paymaster Services. In a previous judgment on 15 June, the Court ordered that Minister Bathabile Dlamini be joined to the matter in her personal capacity. The Court also declared that there should be a further enquiry into her personal liability for the social grant crisis earlier this year which sparked the need for this litigation.

On 2 August, the Court ordered that Justice Bernard Ngoepe be appointed as the referee for the enquiry to investigate the outstanding issues in the case. The order further states that the enquiry should be open to the public and that SASSA will bear the costs of the appointed referee.  CALS and the Black Sash Trust welcome this order  and the chance to further investigate and strengthen the social grant system.

For inquiries, please contact:

Centre for Applied Legal Studies

Black Sash Trust