Beatrice Shongwe, News24
Mbombela – More than 300 illegal deductions from social grant beneficiaries have been discovered in Mpumalanga since January, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) said on Wednesday.
Sassa regional spokesperson, Senzeni Ngubeni, said the agency was currently on a campaign to stop the illegal deductions and protect social grant beneficiaries.
“Exactly 369 illegal deductions were captured since January. Currently Sassa is resolving these deductions through our internal reconsideration mechanism [IRM] process. These illegal deductions include loan sharks arrangements, airtime, electricity and funeral policy deductions,” Ngubeni said.
Ngubeni said Regulation 26A states that the Sassa may allow deductions for funeral insurance or scheme to be made directly from social grants where the beneficiary requests such deductions in writing.
“Sassa may only authorise one deduction for a funeral insurance scheme, not exceeding 10% of the value of the beneficiary’s grant.”
Ngubeni explained that a social grant was there for basic essentials and to put food on beneficiary’s tables.
He urged beneficiaries to continue reporting any illegal debit deductions and lodge complaints with the Sassa office.