Last month it was revealed that the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) paid more than R200 million in relief to government employees.
Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu revealed that 177 108 government employees benefited from different social relief grants. A decision was then taken by SASSA to suspend the grants.
SASSA is now giving government workers the opportunity to update their information and prove that they are eligible for the grants they are receiving. The reviews must be done at a SASSA office.
This is because being a government employee should not automatically make you ineligible to receive a grant. Interns, general workers and EPWP’s income would not exclude them from receiving a grant. Government workers are also eligible to receive foster child grants and care dependency grants
SASSA CEO Busisiwe Memela-Khambula said:
“We urge those affected to bear with us for the inconvenience. We will do everything in our power to resolve this matter as soon as possible. However, we also wish to remind all beneficiaries that any change in their circumstances must be reported to SASSA as soon after the change as possible, to avoid repetition of this situation”.
If you have a grant that was incorrectly suspended by SASSA, you must go to one of the SASSA offices to provide proof that you are deserving of the grant.