Sassa payout crisis: Beneficiaries express concern

The Right2Know campaign held a picket at various payout points across Cape Town today.

FILE: Pensioners queue outside of a supermarket in Mitchells Plain on the 1st of the month to collect their Sassa grants. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Some social grant dependents have expressed concern over the looming South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) payout crisis.

Earlier this week, Sassa said there is no plan yet in place when the contract with the current service provider, Cash Paymaster Services, expires at the end of the month.

The Right2Know campaign held a picket at various payout points across Cape Town on Thursday.

Social grant recipient Nomsa Khansizwa said she never had any problems with Sassa before.

“I’m just receiving the grant for my children. I don’t want to lie, I’ve never had problems.”

But Margaret Didisha, aged 78, shared her concerns over what could happen next month.

“I’m curious. We don’t know what’s going to happen next month. We want to know what’s going to happen.”

Right2Know activist Khaya Nxolo accused Sassa and Cash Paymaster Services of being too secretive in how they are dealing with the issue, leaving millions of beneficiaries in the dark.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)