Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu urged beneficiaries to beware of scammers during the festive season.
“During this holiday period, Sassa (South African Social Security Agency) would like to encourage all beneficiaries to search for unscrupulous scammers who are trying to deceive them through various questionable practices,” the minister said.
She said that Sassa advised beneficiaries not to transfer their Sassa cards or PINs to anyone, including those who claim to belong to the organization or the South African Post Office (SAPO).“Our officials will never ask you for your PIN,” she said. The Minister also noted 2018 as a fruitful year, “which marked a milestone in the relationship between government departments.” “Sassa and SAPO successfully paid all grant recipients, and we would like to continue to do this without any problems in 2019.”
In October, Sassa in Gauteng investigated fraud with food voucher offers to unemployed South Africans.
In a message with the Sassa, Shoprite and Pick n Pay logos, South African citizens with valid identity documents were given the opportunity to receive R2 200 food vouchers.
Unemployed citizens were sent to the website for registration, using their identification numbers and address confirmation.
The High Court of North Gauteng in Pretoria passed a provisional order in November that Sassa is obliged to pay social grants to the accounts selected by the grantees.
This happened after complaints that Sassa had introduced a payment program to beneficiaries through the post office, contrary to the instructions of the beneficiaries.
The previous Sassa distributor, Moneyline Financial Services, a subsidiary of Net1, and 14 grant recipients filed an urgent application against Sassa and Minister Shabangu.