Athlone Sassa out of cash

Athlone grant recipients have been forced to stand in long queues as Sassa doesn't have enough money.

Athlone grant recipients have been forced to stand in long queues as Sassa doesn't have enough money.

CAPE TOWN - Some Athlone residents have expressed frustration with the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).

Locals say they are experiencing difficulty accessing their monthly grants and have been queuing for hours at the Athlone Civic Pay Point.

Some residents say they have been sitting at the centre since 6am, but they have been told there is no money to pay them.

Pensioner Yasminah Adams said she was turned away on Friday after being told her money had not been paid due to technical problems in Johannesburg.

Sassa officials said there is not enough money to pay everyone at this moment.

Officials have requested more cash, but are not sure how long it will take.

Some grant recipients say they are willing to sit the whole day if it means they are going to get their money.