Pensioners 'short-changed' by Sassa

Albert Fritz has highlighted 2 cases of pensioners whose grants have been deducted without their consent.

Social Development MEC Albert Fritz.Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

During a press conference on Thursday, MEC Albert Fritz highlighted two cases of pensioners whose grants have been deducted without their consent.

Grant beneficiary Lorraine Goldberg claims she has been a victim of a scam that affected her pension pay-out over the last three months.

In April, Goldberg woke up to a personal account balance of a little more than R1.

She apparently had cellphone payments deducted but does not have a cellphone contract.

Fritz has called on Sassa to investigate and bring the perpetrators to book.

Social grant issues have recently been in the spotlight after a payout point at a Shoprite store in Bishop Lavis was hit by a gang of robbers at the weekend.

One suspect was killed during a shootout with police and a total of 10 gang members were arrested.

Sassa has since said it is considering a change in the pension payout date which will be confirmed later this month.