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Social grant beneficiaries call for an end to illegal grant deductions

Hundreds of social grant beneficiaries from across the Western Cape have come out to support the initiative.

Black Sash has started a campaign called “Hands Off Our Grants” (HOOG) which calls for several actions from Sassa. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A few hundred social grant beneficiaries and several civic organisations gathered in Cape Town today calling for an end to illegal grant deductions.

Civil rights group Black Sash with support from organisations like Congress of South African Trade Unions, the Social Justice Coalition and Right2Know have started a campaign called "Hands Off Our Grants".



Today's public meeting and prayer service at St George's Cathedral forms part of Black Sash's "Hands Off Our Grants" campaign.

Hundreds of social grant beneficiaries from across the Western Cape turned out to support the initiative.





Black Sash's National Advocacy Manager Elroy Paulus says the gathering is also in support of the group's pending legal battle against South African Social Security Agency ( Sassa) over illegal deductions from six beneficiaries.

"In support of six co-applicants and the Black Sash who are entering into Pretoria North High Court matter between Net1 and the Department Of Social Development and Sassa."



Court proceedings are set to start in Pretoria next week.

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