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Thursday, 16 March, 2017
Quote of the week
"We could not afford the Commonwealth Games from the start‚ but now good money has been thrown at a bad idea. This is a devastating blow to our city."
- Zwakele Mncwango
Comment of the week
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SassaGate, Commonwealth Games, Opportunities…
The SassaGate Saga continues. Missed deadlines, political rhetoric and an even more confused citizenry, this is what the past week revealed amidst efforts to ensure that beneficiaries receive their social grants come April 1st.
Yesterday, South Africa’s highest court, The Constitutional Court, heard arguments from those involved in the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) dilemma; Black Sash, Freedom Under Law, Sassa and Bathabile Dlamini.
Geoff Budlender, arguing for The Black Sash, asked that the ConCourt exercises supervisory jurisdiction over the implementation of the Sassa grants contract in order to prevent the continued breach of the Constitution.
“The Black Sash has made an urgent application for direct access, in the public interest and in the interests of all grant beneficiaries, most of whom are unable to litigate themselves, to seek the reinstatement of the oversight role of the court for the payment of social grants,” the organisation said.
“The Black Sash brings its application to ensure that Sassa complies with its constitutional obligations to provide social assistance, to do so in a lawful manner, and to protect grant beneficiaries from unlawful depletion of their grants.”
On Tuesday, when addressing the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa), Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan insisted that the National Treasury has the funds to distribute to social grants beneficiaries but that unless the ConCourt sanctions the contract between Sassa and Cash Paymentmaster Services (CPS), Treasury would not move on the payments.
"Our objective is to ensure that our higher duty to the South African public is executed and as far as possible‚ within the current framework of the law. Where that framework might be constraining‚ then we must get the courts to agree with us that as a temporary measure‚ certain things have to be done. So‚ a combination of the political process and the judicial process within the next five‚ six days‚ hopefully will give us absolute certainty about the payment‚" Pravin Gordhan said.
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In an unfortunate turn of shocking events, Durban lost the rights to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Having missed a series of deadlines after winning the bid in 2015, our Commonwealth Games aspirations are dashed.
The Commonwealth Games Federation wrote in a statement, "It is with disappointment that the detailed review has concluded that there is a significant departure from the undertakings provided in Durban’s bid and as a result a number of key obligations and commitments in areas such as governance‚ venues‚ funding and risk management/assurance have not been met under the revised proposition."
Many South Africans are still in the dark about what really happened but Antoinette Muller explains how and why the Games won’t be heading to our shores.
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