The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) advises beneficiaries whose payments have been stopped due to ongoing investigation to make an affidavit at a police station. The investigation is to clear suspected fraudulent accounts. Sassa reported that, after stopping 6 000 payments, the figure substantially decreased to 500 during the August payment cycle.This was thanks to stringent measures put in place to combat fraud by both Sassa and the South African Post Office. The objective of the affidavit is to confirm the validity of a beneficiary’s bank and bank account holder details, as well as the beneficiary’s physical address. After making an affidavit, affected beneficiaries must take their bar-coded or smart-card ID, together with the completed affidavit, to Sassa or the post office. Those using personal banks must bring along a proof of banking details.