SASSA warns against scammers

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has warned beneficiaries about scam SMS messages doing the rounds, calling for beneficiaries to change their SASSA cards. Over the past year, numerous beneficiaries have witnessed unauthorised deductions from their SASSA accounts, ranging from airtime to electricity purchases. In response to the scam[…]

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Minister vows to close loopholes for SASSA deductions

Social development minister Bathabile Dlamini says revised regulations to the Social Assistance Act published on Friday aim to close loopholes which allow illegal, immoral and unauthorised deductions on social grants. Dlamini, briefed the media on progress made by the Ministerial Task Team on Deductions, set up to investigate these issues. She[…]

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Unauthorised SASSA Deductions

Through a citizen monitoring initiative, Black Sash has found that many SASSA beneficiaries have experienced unauthorised deductions. Individuals have reported deductions that have left them with only R 60 instead of their entitled amount of R 1,040. Many of the cases were reported at the Black Sash monitoring station at[…]

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SASSA investigating deduction complaints

South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) beneficiaries have expressed frustration over unauthorised deductions from their accounts. Many individuals that have contacted VOC complained that they did not know that this money would be deducted from their accounts, furthermore, stating that no indication was given regarding the reason for the deductions.[…]

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Black Sash welcomes legal action against CPS

Advocacy group Black Sash has welcomed the National Minister for Social Development’s announcement that her department, along with the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), would pursue legal action against Cash Paymasters Services (CPS). The move relates to allegations that CPS was conducting unauthorized deductions from the accounts of social[…]

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Grant deductions are immoral: Black Sash

Nearly 2.3 million social grant recipients have fallen victim to an alarming trend of deductions in recent months, which local advocacy group Black Sash has blamed on unscrupulous lenders within the social grants system. VOC News has been inundated with complaints from community members, who have been the victim of[…]

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