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IFP says crime syndicates are targeting Sassa grant recipients

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Following a high number of Sassa cards cloning reports in KwaZulu-Natal, the IFP says it received confirmation that this is the work of a syndicate.

After a high number of reports of South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) cards being cloned in the northern KwaZulu-Natal province, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) said it had received confirmation that a new syndicate was targeting the recipients of social grants.

“The problem is nationwide. The latest Sassa scam has left hundreds of vulnerable citizens without their basic monthly lifeline and with nowhere to turn to,” the party said on Tuesday, 30 April 2019.

The party urged those affected to complete affidavits and submit them, along with copies of their national identity document and their Sassa cards, to their South African Post Office (SAPO) outlets, from which the money is withdrawn by the beneficiaries.

The IFP also confirmed that it had been informed that Sassa was working closely with the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, the Hawks, on the matter.

“The IFP calls on (Sassa and SAPO) to urgently put in place measures to properly communicate this information to those affected by the scam.

“Investigations and refunds should be completed as a matter of urgency. The most vulnerable are going hungry as yet another investigation drags its feet,” the party said.

The party then accused the government of not ensuring the stability and the integrity of the social grants system, saying, “Our grant recipients, the most vulnerable in our society, deserve better.”

Abenathi Gqomo
[email protected]

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