Claims of monthly social grant payments untrue

2016-05-13 08:27

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Pietermaritzburg - The Department of Social Development has rubbished media reports that unemployed South Africans between the ages of 19 and 59 would start receiving R1 420 monthly social grant payments from 2017.

The report, which was circulated on social media, had claimed that the government was planning to introduce social assistance to unemployed South Africans who do not currently receive support.

“South Africa, like most countries, is grappling with the challenge of youth unemployment. Youth unemployment in South Africa is estimated to be 36,1%, which is significantly higher than adult unemployment at 15,6%,” read the report.

South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) spokesperson Kgomoco Diseko said it is unfortunate that such “misinformation was peddled”. “This begs the question, ‘What are the real intentions of the author?’ Unemployment is a sensitive matter and we find it hard to understand how somebody in their right minds can find joy in misleading so many people, most of whom are desperate for jobs.

“Sassa condemns the peddling of misinformation in its name or that of the Department of Social Development. We urge the public to question everything that sounds too good to be true and to take it with a pinch of salt,” he said, adding that the agency was also aware of insurance agents who did house visits with “sinister” intentions, claiming they were sent by Sassa and that people’s grants would stop if they did not take funeral insurance policies.

“Sassa does not sell insurance or any financial service.”

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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