Fact Check: R3 500 Special Grant Message Is Fake, Says SASSA

Fact Check: R3 500 Special Grant Message Is Fake, Says SASSA

- The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) confirmed that a message being sent around about grants is fake

- The viral message claims that over three million citizens will receive R3 500 for six months

- The message targets first-time applicants and has a link towards the end for people to apply

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The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) shared a post to social media clarifying that a viral message sent on WhatsApp is fake. SASSA shared an image of the viral message to Twitter, asking people to ignore it.

The message makes an array of claims and has an application link towards the end. It also asks those who have received it to share it with family and friends. The message read:

"More than 3 million South Africans will receive R3 500 for a period of 6 months. First time applicants receive payments within 24 hours after approval... It takes only few seconds to apply, Hurry up!"

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Fact Check: Covid19 grant message did not come from Sassa
SASSA confirmed that the viral social media message about a R3 500 Covid-19 relief grant is fake. Image: @OfficialSASSA / Twitter and MARCO LONGARI / AFP
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Take a look at SASSA's tweet below:

Business Insider reported that this is the fifth scam identified by SASSA in the last three months while a report by EWN stated that Shivani Wahab, SASSA spokesperson, clarified that the Covid-19 graft is R350.

SASSA previously made Briefly.co.za headlines after an employee was charged with fraud. The fraud reportedly cost the government R4 million. The figure comes from the 14 years she has worked at Sassa drawing a salary.

Alina Dimakatso Nkwanyana Selepe allegedly used a fake matric certificate to land her admin job at Sassa back in 2006. The department only picked this up due to an audit with the Department of Basic Education which discovered that her matric documents were fake.

Issues also arose when clips of police officers spraying water at SASSA grant beneficiaries began circulating online. In the clips, the elderly, sick and disabled all get showered with water has police officers attempt to get them to comply with social distancing measures that were at first completely not adhered to at the SASSA pay points.

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In the background of one of the various clips, one disgruntled man can be heard shouting angrily at the giant hose wielding police officers, 'There are people with chronic illness standing in these lines.' "

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