Sassa asks for patience despite grant crisis

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Social grant beneficiaries who draw their money at ATMs might have to wait a little longer to access it.

On Tuesday, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) assured those who experienced problems with electronic payments on Monday that they would be paid in full – within the next few days.

“What is being experienced is a result of a process of changing from an old to a new payment system for social grants. Sassa is also in a process of phasing out Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) as directed by the Constitutional Court and introducing the South African Post Office (SAPO) to pay social grants,” said acting Sassa CEO Abraham Mahlangu.

He assured beneficiaries that their social grants would be paid in full.

“We request beneficiaries to give themselves at least three days to withdraw their grants.”

Sassa asked beneficiaries who access their funds through ATMs to first pick the savings account option when withdrawing their money. If this is rejected, then the cheque account option should be selected.

“Sassa wishes to apologise for the inconvenience caused to the beneficiaries,” said Mahlangu.

Sassa and SAPO are working tirelessly to find a solution to this problem and ensure that all beneficiary services are restored in the shortest possible time. We further undertake to keep our beneficiaries informed.”

Sassa workers strike

While Sassa deals with the social grant payment difficulties, it is also taking the Public Servants Association (PSA) to the Labour Court over a strike at the Sassa offices. This will be opposed by PSA.

Source: News24/EWN/Huffpost