How Sassa Determines R350 Grant “Referred” Status

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The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) R350 grant is recognised as a crucial relief mechanism to ensure that unemployed individuals receive some financial support from the government. 


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The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) R350 grant is recognised as a crucial relief mechanism to ensure that unemployed individuals receive some financial support from the government. 

 

However, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) revealed that many people defrauded the agency and improperly benefited from the R350 grant. 

 

During the second iteration of the R350 grant, Sassa put in place several measures to ensure that only deserving people benefit from the grant. 

 

If Sassa determines that you are not deserving of the R350 grant, your application will be rejected and you will be provided with a reason why your application was rejected. 

 

This “rejection status” also guides applicants as to what they can do if Sassa’s determination is incorrect. 

 

Sassa considers a random selection of applications each month to do internal verification and quality assurance on.

 

If your rejection status contains the word “referred”, it means that there is a possibility of fraud linked to your application.  

 

You are urged to contact the South African Fraud Prevention Services (SAFPS) immediately. Once the issue has been sorted, they may email [email protected] with proof that they have cleared the problem

 

The two Referred Statuses 

 

One of the reasons given to unsuccessful grant applicants is referred or ‘referred_safps’. This means that you have been registered as a perpetrator of fraud by the SAFPS.

 

The reasoning for being registered is because your ID number has been used to commit fraud or is linked to high risk activities.

 

Another rejection message that unsuccessful SRD grant applicants have received is ‘Referred Link Risk Mobile’.

 

Sassa explained that this means a fraudulent application was received from the mobile number you applied with. 

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