Sassa to publish legislation which criminalises deductions from social grants

Sassa said the issue of irregular deductions by syndicates is a national problem that seems to be on the rise.

FILE: Several protesters are gathered outside St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town on Thursday 15 October 2015. They are calling for action, claiming they have been short changed by grants administrator Cash Payment Services. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) said legislation which criminalises deductions from social grants will be published next month.

Yesterday, Sassa officials met with about 200 grant beneficiaries in Kraaifontein to address a rise in irregular deductions.

Sassa said the issue of irregular deductions by syndicates is a national problem that seems to be on the rise.

More than two thousand cases have been reported in the Western Cape since the start of February.

Sassa's regional manager, Waldie Terblanche, said social development is in the process of finalising legislation against these deductions.

"There're busy with the finalisation of the changes but it will be published within a month. They hope that for that process, within a few months we'll be able to stop this and not sit with this challenge. And we're hoping and praying that it will happen."