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Sassa investigates reports of illegal deductions from beneficiaries

Sassa received several complaints of money being deducted from account holders without their consent.

FILE: Several protesters call 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) is investigating claims of illegal deductions being made from its beneficiaries' accounts.

Sassa says it's received several complaints of money being deducted from account holders without their consent.

Last month, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini told Parliament Sassa had managed to reduce such incidents.

Dlamini says of the more than 44,000 disputes the department received nationally, about 38,000 have been resolved successfully.

Sassa's Busi Letompa said, "The beneficiaries have a choice of taking a funeral policy or any company, but that company must registered."

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