SASSA Reportedly Working to Resolve Delay in R350 Covid19 Grant

SASSA Reportedly Working to Resolve Delay in R350 Covid19 Grant

- Around six million South Africans reportedly did not receive their temporary Covid-19 relief grant in March

- The Social Security Agency of South Africa has now vowed to sort the issues surrounding the grant out

- SASSA's spokesperson revealed that the delay in the grants was due to the ending of the financial year

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The Social Security Agency of South Africa (SASSA) has promised South Africans that the delay in the payment of temporary Covid-19 grants would be resolved before the end of April.

An average of six million South Africans did not receive their R350 temporary Covid-19 grant at the end of March.

The R350 grant announced in 2020 sought to minimise the negative impact that the pandemic brought on unemployed people. The grant was further extended to April after an announcement was made by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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SASSA, R350 grant payments, working to restore pay soon
SASSA is working to restore the Covid-19 R350 grant by April. Image: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg and MARCO LONGARI/AFP
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According to SASSA Spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi, the delay in the payment of the R350 grant was due to the fact that the financial year ends in March and begins again on 1 April.

Following reports made by EWN, a statement was made by the Democratic Alliance it said that the announcement indicating that recipients would receive a double payment at the end of April makes the problem worse as recipients depend on grant money to survive.

SABC News reported that Letsatsi has issued an apology on behalf of the agency for the inconvenience.

In other SASSA-related news, Briefly News recently reported that Sthembiso Gcaba, 47, who was taken into custody following a sting operation conducted by the Durban Central District Task Team.

He was arrested while allegedly making withdrawals at an ATM using 70 allegedly stolen SASSA cards. He was arrested with the cards and R7 640 in cash in his possession.

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The police followed up the arrest by searching his luxury home in an uMhlanga estate. His vehicle was also seized by the authorities, a Mercedes Benz AMG GT 63 S, which is valued at R3.4 million.

Before this, another SASSA employee was charged with fraud, which cost the government R4 million. The figure comes from the 14 years she 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.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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