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Two elderly people die while collecting their grants

Recipients have been receiving their grants early this month to help them cope with the COVID-19 lockdown.

The elderly practice social distancing while waiting to collect their Sassa grants from Diepsloot mall on 30 March 2020. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has confirmed that two elderly grant recipients died while receiving their social grants on Monday.

Recipients have been receiving their grants early this month to help them cope with the COVID-19 lockdown.

This has seen long queues at some centres.

Sassa CEO Busisiwe Memela-Khambula confirmed the deaths to 702's Joanne Joseph.

“We’ve received reports of two deaths that have happened, one in Pimville and another in Cape Town. I’d like to send my condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones.”

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The circumstances surrounding their deaths is unclear at this stage.

“There is a lot of panic and fear that is experienced by the elderly who went out today,” Memela-Khambula added.

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