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Social Development Dept introduces new regulations to curb corruption

This includes a new rule that a beneficiary must first give Sassa permission in writing before any deduction.

Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has issued new regulations aimed at stopping the scourge of illegal deductions from the accounts of those receiving social grants.

Dlamini's told journalists at Parliament the regulations are aimed at closing the loopholes that some financial services providers have been exploiting to skim money off the grants of pensioners and other beneficiaries.

The minister has hit out at financial services providers preying on pensioners and other social grant beneficiaries.

"We are glad to announce the publication of the revised regulations to the Social Assistance Act. This will put an end to the tide of unlawful deductions and ensure better control."

She says the state social services agency South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) received more than 40,000 queries about illegal deductions from grant payments in February alone.

The revised regulations include a new rule that a beneficiary must first give Sassa permission in writing before any deduction can be made.

Dlamini says grants are meant to alleviate poverty and that recipients should receive their full value each month.

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