The plans of Cash Paymaster Services, winner of the South African Social Services Agency (Sassa) contract to distribute social grants payments, seem very much like the establishment of a financial services monopoly, at worse, or at best, privileged access to a huge chunk of the South African financial market place.
For the sake of record, a Direct Democracy Forum administration would ensure that social grant payments be made to the bank of the recipient’s choice, not the paying agent’s choice. What products are sold to the recipients thereafter and who the beneficiaries choose as their service providers, would be the beneficiaries’ choice and there would be no undue or privileged access to social grant beneficiaries. Why Sassa have not already written this sort of restriction into the agreement is beyond our comprehension. We would want to know what benefits flow and to whom, from this agreement, and its application.
The buck stops at the ballot box.