COPE WELCOMES THE PROTECTION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFICIARIES BY THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT

  • March 17, 2017 | Pakes Dikgetsi

The Congress of the People welcomes the ruling by the Constitutional Court handed down today.

Once again, the apex court did not disappoint but stepped in to protect the constitutional rights of the poor and vulnerable South Africans where the government is failing.

Grant beneficiaries are now guaranteed to receive their grants without the risk of predatory and greedy commercial players, at the behest of government collusion or incompetence, using their personal information to milk them even poorer. SASSA, CPS and Bathabile Dlamini who’s under the protection of Jacob Zuma, must know realise that South Africa is a constitutional democracy and these cannot be taken for granted or trampled upon willy nilly.  We congratulate and express our gratitude to the litigants who exercised their national duties and responsibilities to request a determination by and protection of the courts in the face of reluctance by an uncaring and unresponsive government. 

COPE is on record for having publicly raised complaints from beneficiaries and laid a string of criminal charges since 2015 in a number of provinces. To date the SAPS is failing to bring the perpetrators of these crimes against the poor and vulnerable book.

COPE is also delighted at the prospects of the court holding the Minister of Social Development personally accountable for her embarrassing ineptitude and callousness in the management of her portfolio. 

Issued by: Pakes Dikgetsi