Sassa to reimburse pensioners

Sassa says pensioners who haven’t been paid due to an admin glitch will be reimbursed soon.

Cape Town senior citizens marched to Parliament on 30 April demanding an increase in state pension. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) at the weekend said Western Cape beneficiaries who didn't receive their monthly pensions due to an admin glitch, will be reimbursed.

Dozens of elderly people who were promised home visits because they were unable to take part in the nationwide re-registration campaign, failed to receive their grants this month.

About 3,600 pensioners in the province have been affected by the alleged admin bungle.

Officials were set to revisit their homes before the re-registration deadline in April, but it appears this did not happen.

Provincial head Waldemar Terblanche said the problem has been sorted out.

"The money has been loaded and the remaining money will be loaded in coming weeks."

Sassa introduced a new biometric system in 2012 to help uncover, among others, fraudulent beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz said the alleged admin bungle should not have happened in the first place.

"People didn't get paid which is incredibly serious for the number of poor people affected."