Tue. Jun 18th, 2024

Unveiling Ongoing SASSA Payment Fraud: A Threat to South Africa’s Vulnerable Communities

In recent times, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has become a recipient of a surge in complaints mirroring those brought forth by #PayTheGrants. These grievances stem from beneficiaries of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant. While the DA consistently aids SASSA beneficiaries by reporting issues and facilitating assistance, a disturbing trend of persisting payment fraud is emerging, indicating a potential internal scheme targeting vulnerable recipients.

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Numerous complaints have also surfaced regarding the fraudulent use of ID numbers among beneficiaries of various SASSA grants. The DA’s recent visit to an elderly grant recipient in El Dorado Park, Gauteng, revealed a disheartening situation where the beneficiary has struggled to receive grant payments since June of the previous year. Despite her persistent attempts to rectify the issue, her grant remains unrecovered, plunging her and her family into a monthly battle for sustenance. This poignant case underscores the dire consequences of the apparent internal vulnerabilities within SASSA.

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In response to these pressing concerns, the DA plans to engage with both SASSA and the Department of Social Development (DSD) to provide assistance to affected individuals. Additionally, the DA will submit written parliamentary questions to Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu, seeking insights into the extent of complaints regarding duplicate ID numbers and the mechanisms in place to combat fraud within DSD and SASSA.

The recent payment glitch affecting over 150,000 SASSA beneficiaries, coupled with revelations of public servants fraudulently obtaining social grants, substantial payments to deceased beneficiaries over the past three years, and various allegations against Minister Zulu and Acting Director-General Linton Mchunu, raise concerns about the efficacy of the department.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is urged to address these challenges decisively, considering the impact on vulnerable South Africans. Minister Zulu’s continued presence in the Cabinet is viewed as a failure to prioritize the best interests of those who depend on social grants. As the nation grapples with these critical issues, it becomes increasingly apparent that urgent action is needed to restore trust and integrity to social welfare programs.

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