‘Sassa does nothing to help complainants’

The Western Cape Social Development Department has been inundated with complaints by beneficiaries.

Sassa grant beneficiaries claim they are short changed with their grant money every month.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Social Development Department says it intends seeking legal advice against the South African Social Security Agency ( Sassa).

The department says it's inundated with complaints by grant beneficiaries who claim they are short changed with their grant money every month.

Some of the beneficiaries claim they have been scammed by people posing as Sassa officials who request their social security and ID number.

They allege once they provide the information their money is deducted without consent.

Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says Sassa does nothing to help these people.

"There's no action from them to stop the widespread theft of money from older persons, so we wanted to get a court order to force them to act, and that's some of the legal advice I will find."

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.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate allegations levelled against the CEO of S assa.

Virginia Petersen is believed to be involved in a 'jobs for pals' scandal.

A Sunday Times report suggests she allegedly secured jobs for family members of her friends.

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