- News has been shared on the internet that SASSA paid social grants to 17 000 illegal Zimbabwean immigrants
- SASSA insists that this news is 'fake' and completely untrue
- Abraham Mahlangu, SASSA's CEO, feels the 'fake news' was shared to cause xenophobia in South Africa
A news article has made rounds that the South African Social Security Agency has paid social grants to 17 000 illegal immigrants.
However, the agency has distanced itself from the news, calling it nothing more than 'fake news'.
According to this 'fake news', SASSA paid out social grants to Zimbabwean illegals by accident, as reported by eNCA.
Many South Africans choose to believe SASSA, as it seems hard to believe that so many illegal immigrants could have SASSA accounts.
SASSA's CEO Abraham Mahlangu stated that the article making the claims is xenophobic in nature. He feels the article hopes to undermine the government and confuse South Africans.
This news follows after a delay in payouts left many SASSA dependants desperate. More than 700 000 people struggled to withdraw their money last week, but the problem has since been solved.
Briefly.co.za learned that Mahlangu fears that whoever is behind the 'fake news' is trying to divide South African citizens and stir xenophobic feelings.
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