Sassa recipients no longer allowed to pay for funeral policies with grants

Sassa says child support grant beneficiaries are using the grant for services unrelated to the child.

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JOHANNESBURG - The South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) says as of December those receiving child support grants will not be allowed to use the money for services such as funeral policies.

Sassa says its noticed a trend in child support grant beneficiaries using the grant for products and services unrelated to the child.

Sassa spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi says the intension is to ensure that all child grants, including foster child and care dependency grants, should no longer allow deductions for funeral policies.

He says while the intervention will not stop the general misuse of grants it will go a long way in ensuring the money is used for it's true intentions.

"This money is meant to take care of the needs of the child. In some instances, you find people having about four to five funeral policies on one child of a child. It basically means the child is carrying the burden of the family."