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Sassa clamps down on fraud

In a move to combat the prevalent fraud targeting social grants, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) stopped 6 000 payments.

In the August payment cycle the figure went down substantially to 500. The decline is a result of stringent measures put in place to combat fraud by both Sassa and the Post Office.

An intensive process of studying the trends was embarked upon and the modus operandi of the fraudsters was exposed. Subsequently systems and controls were tightened.

The authorities are confident that the noose has tightened on these criminals and that the law will deal harshly with them. In the recent past, the courts have not only sentenced people found guilty of social grant fraud, but has issued orders for them to repay what they stole from the state.

Sassa is working with relevant stakeholders, including all banks, to ensure that fraud within the grants system is ultimately defeated. They are committed to continue to do verification of bank details. This means that if a record is not corrected with both Sassa and the bank, the payment will not go through every month.

Any innocent and affected beneficiaries whose payments have been stopped, are advised to make an affidavit at the police station confirming the correctness of bank details and account holder details. Then beneficiaries must take their bar coded or smart card ID together with the completed affidavit to Sassa or the Post Office. Those using personal banks must bring along proof of banking details from their banks.

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