sassa fraud

Four business officials have been arrested and accused of defrauding the South African Social Security Agency of millions of rands. This follows a thorough investigation by the Special Investigating Unit, which led to their prosecution.

SASSA is no stranger to corruption. Now, an employee was found allegedly falsifying their qualifications. The employee will now have a criminal record and maybe more.

About 20% of applicants for the R350 SRD grant were rejected by SASSA due to being IRP5 registered, but what does this mean? Keep reading to find out.  

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has came under fire for only appointing a team of 10 staff members to handle thousands of appeals made by people who applied for the R350 Covid-19 social relief distress (SRD) grant and were rejected. 

“I heard the government extended the grant for three months, but I am still waiting for my first payment to be approved” Residents of Orlando in Soweto, Johannesburg say they joined the line outside this post office as early as 4am in the hope of getting their R350 Covid-19 relief grants this week.

President Ramaphosa announced that SASSA is going to extend their Special Relief Distress grant of R350 for another three months. However, despite the grant being extended, the agency won't be taking new applications.

Economists warn that South Africa will not be able to afford to keep the R350 Covid-19 SRD grant permanently or the country will face an economic crisis.

Lindiwe Zulu, the Minister in charge of SASSA, has explained where the appeals process for the R350 grant is at and how they are being processed. The Department of Social Developmnt and SASSA has had to take a close look at their operations after the Auditor-General's report found many negatives.

Some SASSA grantholders have been having issues with transacting their funds and this would of course cause panic amongst beneficiaries. The South African Post Office has now responded to these issues and outlined what will be done about it.

The possibility of the SASSA R350 grant becoming a permanent feature in social grants has been discussed previously. Now, as it nears it's end, we wonder whether it will stay and be extended or not?

The Democratic Alliance has previously made it clear what their opinions on operations at SASSA is. Now, they’re having their say again and are making demands to SASSA as well as Minister Lindiwe Zulu.

The South African Post Office has announced that they will be briefly suspending payments of SASSA's SRD grant for October which sees recipients get R350 per month. This announcement comes as the Post Office is seen to have issues with cash flow. 

SASSA has announced that they now have a plan in place so that they can reduce the number of rejections experienced with the R350 grant applications. The issue of SASSA rejecting applicants was a controversy a few months ago when millions were rejected.

The Post Office has been experiencing issues in the cash flow seen. One would then think that this would have an effect on SASSA beneficiaries who collect their grants at Post Offices across South Africa. The Post Office has since responded and released a statement discussing this.

SASSA has lost hundreds of millions to individuals committing fraud over the past couple of years. With the implementation of the SASSA R350 grant, this only saw an increase in fraud with the agency while millions of South Africans suffer and are left in a vulnerable position.

Once again, fraud is alive and is doing the rounds. SASSA has now warned beneficiaries of fake messages going around. As grants from SASSA become more and more in demand, warnings to applicants of any fake responses have become more common. 


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