Final notice for grant recipients

Sassa will send letters to those who have failed to re-register.

People queue to re-register for social grants. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) on Wednesday said letters of possible grant suspension would be sent to all beneficiaries who failed to re-register.

An estimated 70,000 people did not register their details in the Western Cape.

The final deadline to do so was on Tuesday.

Sassa introduced a new biometric payment system in 2012 to help uncover fraudulent grant beneficiaries.

Sassa Western Cape Head Waldie Terreblanche said, "It's a final notice and if they fail to respond to it, their grants will in all probability be suspended and cancelled."

A total of 19 million recipients have been re-registered nationally.

During the re-registration, it was found that 44,000 social grants had manually lapsed at the request of the beneficiaries while a further 66,000 grants lapsed due to non-collection.