During the routine audits to check individuals’ income circumstances and whether beneficiaries are still eligible for social grants, SASSA has identified that several public servants such as interns, EPWP’s, and general workers whos income would not exclude them from receiving the grant, were receiving social grants that were not supposed to be allocated to them.
Clients who are affected by this audit are required to review their grants and update information on their employment and marital status to ensure that they are still compliant with the legislation. All clients are required to visit their nearest SASSA office.
“We urge those affected to bear with us for the inconvenience. We will do everything in our power to resolve this matter as soon as possible. However, we also wish to remind all beneficiaries that any change in their circumstances must be reported to SASSA as soon after the change as possible, to avoid a repetition of this situation”, said CEO Busisiwe Memela-Khambula.
SASSA has made it clear that it administers social grants under the provisions of the Social Assistance Act, 2004. They futher pointed out that one of the requirements is that they must ensure that the information utilized for grant payments is current and those grant payments are made only to those citizens who meet the qualifying criteria. Beneficiaries are urged to inform SASSA of any changes to their circumstances such as changes to their marital or employment status.