Why SASSA has Only Paid 10 People the R350 COVID-19 Grant so far

SASSA boss told the radio station that they have vetted more than 100 000 applicants and once they have confirmed their banking details they will be paid.

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SASSA CEO Ms Totsie Memela
SASSA CEO Ms Totsie Memela

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is trending on social media after it emerged that it has only paid ten people the R350 Social Relief Grant.

More than 4,9 million people have applied for the new special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant.

Speaking to SAFM on Friday, SASSA’s CEO Busisiwe Memela-Khambula confirmed that, as of 14:30 on 22 May, just ten people had been paid.

“We did a test last week we paid about 10 people to make sure the system works.”

SASSA started taking nationwide applications for the grant on 11 May 2020.

SASSA boss told the radio station that they have vetted more than 100 000 applicants and once they have confirmed their banking details they will be paid.

“We’ve sent SMS messages to over 100 000 people who are ready to receive the funds, and over time this process will become quicker. As soon as their data is loaded, we will be paying them on Friday.”

“The key thing for us is to make sure people don’t load their banking account in an environment that is not safe.”

Memela-Khambula told SAFM that the delay in payments is due to the vetting process being down with the UIF, SARS, NSFAS.

Also read: Is The R350 COVID-19 Special Grant For The Jobless A Mess In The Making?  

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Also read: SASSA’s Big Test: When Will the Emergency COVID-19 Social Grant be Paid?

 

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