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Sassa to demand CPS reversal of illegal deductions

The Social Security Agency has received about 250 complaints of disputed deductions from grants paid out since Saturday.

A Sassa Card. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN – South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) will be demanding Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) reimburses social grant beneficiaries affected by illegal deductions.

In allowing the existing contract to continue for another year, the Constitutional Court ruled beneficiaries must receive their payouts in full.

Sassa says at least 87% of the province's 1.1 million beneficiaries have already received their money.

The Social Security Agency has received about 250 complaints of disputed deductions from grants paid out since Saturday.

Executive manager in the Western Cape Bandile Maqetuka says deductions are not permitted for electricity, loans and airtime.

“When I spoke to some of the beneficiaries who experienced deductions in respect of funeral schemes, they confirmed that they did allow those deductions.”

He says a deduction for a funeral scheme must be done with the approval of the Minister, and there's been no clarity as to whether this has happened.

Maqetuka says Sassa will meet CPS next week to raise the issue of illegal deductions and to demand grant beneficiaries are reimbursed.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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