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Cope to lay charges against Mpumalanga Sassa officials

Complainants in KwaMhlanga claim Sassa employees deduct money from their pension payouts.

Victims of the scam claim they are consistently short changed at payout points. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of the People (Cope) says it plans to lay charges against South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) officials in Mpumalanga accused of defrauding pensioners.

Officials from the political party will accompany complainants in KwaMhlanga who claim Sassa employees deduct money from their pension payouts.

Victims of the scam claim they are consistently short changed at payout points.

They say accused officials claim the deductions are charges for airtime and electricity purchases which pensioners have denied any knowledge of.

The party's Dennis Bloem said, "We see it in a serious light, the pensioners have come to us to cry and said we must take it up. Tomorrow morning we will be at the KwaMhlanga police station to lay charges."

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