Sassa Payment: The South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) has reportedly commenced the payment process for April grants.
According to an official statement released by the the South African Government, grant beneficiaries can start collecting their April grants from merchants and ATMs on Saturday.
Its the 1st of the month, social grant recipients can collect their grants from ATMs & various merchants from today https://t.co/9gYt53uVAf
— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) April 1, 2017
“We wish to reassure grant beneficiaries that grants will be paid from today,” it said on Saturday.
“The grant payment slip [which you receive with each payment] will indicate the next date of payment.”
In addition, it tweeted a picture of beneficiaries who had already lined up to collect their grants from an unknown merchant on Saturday morning.
Also, it strongly advised all beneficiaries to come with their valid Sassa cards to avoid any obstacles to assessing their grants.
There is only ONE SASSA card which bears the logo of the South African Government. You are strongly advised to not use other cards. pic.twitter.com/zUL7rrmngN
— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) April 1, 2017
For further inquiries, government says to call the Sassa toll-free line at 0800 60 10 11.
As part of the efforts to ensure all beneficiaries are paid, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini will be visiting merchants in Burgersfort in Limpopo on Saturday. This will enable her get feedback about the Sassa payment process.
A statement released by Dlamini on Friday afternoon indicates that around 650,000 beneficiaries had already withdrawn their grants and Sassa is on track to ensure all 17 million beneficiaries are paid.
Dlamini says as part of her oversight role, she’ll be visiting Limpopo on Saturday to enable her monitor the Sassa payment process.
Last month, four Sassa officials who have been swindling the agency since 2012 were nabbed.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the officials were arrested in Mpumalanga for fraudulent activities that saw Sassa lose over R5 million. From our gatherings, the arrested officials are part of a group of 14 officials who worked together and illegally processed 260 applications for disability grants. According to the investigation carried out by Sassa, the syndicate activities have been going since 2012.