Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu revealed that The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA ) paid more than R200 million in relief grants to government employees.
In response to a question tabled in parliament regarding public service employees who have applied and received SASSA grants, Minister Zulu revealed 177 108 government employees benefited from different social relief grants.
She said the amount that SASSA has paid public service employees who applied for and received SASSA administered grants is approximately R200.7 million. Arrangements have since been made to suspend these grant payments.
Government employees will be given the opportunity to prove they are eligible for the grants they have been receiving by providing SASSA with the relevant information regarding their income.
The grants paid to the 177 108 government employees excludes the special Covid-19 R350 SRD grant and foster care payments. Government employees are eligible to receive foster care grants.
“Where the foster child grant is paid in conjunction with a care dependency grant for the same child, neither are means tested, and public servants would not be contravening any laws by receiving these grants,” said Zulu.
“Measures will also be taken to recover any funds overpaid. Where it is found that the public servants were receiving a grant to which they were not entitled, the matter will be reported to their employing department for disciplinary action to be taken,” concluded Zulu.