Tumelo Waga Dibakwane
The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) in the province has warned social grants beneficiaries not to fall into the trap of illegitimate money lenders pretending to be working with Sassa in order to defraud them of their grants.
Sassa provincial spokesperson Senzeni Ngubeni has urged beneficiaries to report to the police any person impersonating to be a Sassa official and demanding social grants payment cards, pin-codes and their ID’s.
Ngubeni said the current Sassa’s payment card was valid until the end of the year which is December 31.
“When a beneficiary gives consent to the money lenders by signing a contract it is no longer regarded as a fraud but an agreement between the lender and the beneficiary and this leaves Sassa with no power to protect the beneficiary from illegal deductions,” said Ngubeni.
Ngubeni said Sassa does not offer loans, airtime or electricity transactions.
He said all Sassa services are free and rendered at designated and known offices.
The green colour card is not a Sassa social payment card and remains unknown as to how it functions.
The only valid method of payment for social grants is a Sassa branded payment card obtained only in the agency’s offices.