JOHANNESBURG – President Jacob Zuma has summoned the Director General of Social Development Zane Dangor to Pretoria to meet him, amid crisis negotiations on a new contract to payout social grants from next month.
Dangor told Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Social Development he had to be excused from Wednesday's meeting to catch a flight.
He told media he did not know why Zuma wanted to see him.
Members of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Social Development say they feel they are being left in the dark as to what the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) is doing to remedy the crisis it finds itself in over grant payments.
Sassa has confirmed it's currently locked in negotiations with Cash Paymaster Services over a new 12-month contract.
Director General of Social Development Dangor says it's still the department's intention to approach the Constitutional Court on the matter, despite withdrawing an application on Tuesday.
“My understanding is that they withdrew it because they were going to refile it to make supplementary changes.”
Dangor adds there's no truth to reports that Sassa chief executive Thokozani Magwaza has been suspended and says he's currently on sick leave.
(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)