CPS ordered to repay R316 million in irregular SASSA payment debacle

CPS ordered to repay R316 million in irregular SASSA payment debacle

- Cash Paymaster Services has lost their attempt to escape repaying R316 million to SASSA

- The company had tried and failed the contest a previous ruling that had ordered them to pay the grant provider

- The entity had been responsible for the hefty sum after being paid the funds irregularly back in 2014

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The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal attempt of Cash Paymaster Services.

The South African reports that Corruption Watch had been involved in the case from the onset and opposed the most recent appeal.

CPS had argued that it would not be unreasonable to pay SASSA its millions because their initial contract had not included the registration of children.

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Briefly.co.za gathered that the grant body had denied this, saying that the entity could have raised concerns over the agreement at any point.

Monday's ruling say CPS responsible not only for the R316 million owed but also interest on the amount. Additionally, the costs involved in the matter must be paid to Corruption Watch.

Commenting on the new development, SASSA spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi told 702 that:

"Obviously, if there was wrongdoing by our organisation… if actions have to be taken against certain individuals, we will follow proper processes to rectify the situation… That process is with our legal section."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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