March 16, 2017 / 4:28 PM / 4 months ago

South Africa's top court to rule on grants payments case on Friday

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JOHANNESBURG, March 16 (Reuters) - South Africa's Constitutional Court said it will rule on Friday in a case concerning the unlawful tender of a contract to manage welfare benefits to 17 million people.

The Constitutional Court in 2014 ruled that the tender won by Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), a unit of technology company Net1 unit, was illegal. The government had until April 1 of this year to take responsibility for social service payments or find a new provider, but failed to do so.

The plaintiffs want the court to take oversight of a new contract, which needs to be settled urgently if April's benefit payments are to be made on time. (Reporting by Ed Stoddard; editing by Richard Lough)

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