- A Facebook post has garnered immense attention after claiming that eSwatini residents received SASSA grants illegally
- The post claims that a report indicated two Swati citizens were arrested attempting to enter the country to collect the funds
- Briefly.co.za explores the truth behind this controversial allegation
A recent Facebook post spread like wildfire after claiming that eSwatini citizens were illegally claiming SASSA grants.
The post relayed information it claimed was from an SABC report, explaining that “Two Swati nationals were arrested after they jumped the border fence to South Africa. They were coming to collect the SASSA grants.”
The post further claimed that 'millions of Rands' were being lost to 'the foreigners' and the government was doing nothing about it.
Along with the post was a photograph of a woman attempting to crawl underneath a barbed wire fence in an attempt to get into the country.
However, the report mentioned from the SABC does not exist and a simple search revealed that the photograph was actually over a decade old and depicted a scene at the Zimbabwean border.
In order to obtain a grant, the recipient must be a citizen or permanent resident of South Africa. To minimise fraud, a biometric payment system requires recipients to produce valid identity documents to collect the money.
AfricaCheck reports that the majority of reported fraud cases seem to be carried out by South Africans, with only a few cases implicating foreign nationals.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that, as part of the coronavirus measures announced by the government, R37 million would be spent repairing and building 40km of fencing along the South Africa/Zimbabwe border.
This aims to prevent illegal movement between the two nations with strict travel regulations prohibiting cross-border travel.
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