Social grants beneficiaries want better protection from illegal deductions

Black Sash wants the Social Development Minister to protect beneficiaries from illegal deductions.

Social grant beneficiaries and civil society partners making their way into St George's Cathedral for the “Hands Off our Grants” Service. Picture: Twitter/@black_sash.

CAPE TOWN - Social grant beneficiaries from across the Western Cape say they want better protection from illegal deductions.

Yesterday, hundreds of beneficiaries attended a public meeting and prayer service at St Georges Cathedral hosted by civic organisation Black Sash.

The group's Hands Off Our Grants campaign is being supported by several other groups including Right2Know and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

Black Sash wants the Social Development Minister to protect beneficiaries from illegal deductions by third party service providers and for Sassa to improve its recourse system.

Sipho Lennox (89) from Nyanga is one of six applicants in Black Sash's case against Sassa, the Department of Social Sevelopment and an electronics payment company.

Lennox says he was sent to fifteen different locations in and around Cape Town to get to the bottom of the R307 deductions from his pension that took place between May and October last year.

"I don't know who's taking this money."

Black Sash intervened and helped Lennox get most of his money back, which was apparently being deducted by an Eastern Cape money-lending firm Lennox says he's never even heard of.