‘Not reporting the death of a child to still collect grant is fraud’ — Sassa

2020-02-12 06:03

THE South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has warned parents to stop withdrawing social grant payments for deceased infants.

This is as a result of a tip-off by some community members that there are still some parents who are collecting grant payments for these children instead of reporting their death to Home Affairs.

This fraudulent act happens when the child passes on a few weeks or months after birth. Parents bury the child without informing Home Affairs.

Unreported death and burial is illegal.

Sassa’s and Home Affairs’ systems are linked/interface on a population register of the country.

Parents are warned not to continue with fraudulent activities, profiting on the loss of a child.

It is insensitive and also a criminal offence which will lead to arrest and prosecution by law enforcement institutions.

When a child passes on, parents must report the death to Home Affairs and Sassa will pick up that information and stop the grant immediately.

Sassa is urging the public to uphold moral values and good cultural practices of Ubuntu-botho.

The public is also encouraged to continue to report fraudsters.

For more information contact the Sassa customer care lines at 013 754 9439/9428 or the toll free number 0800 60 10 11 from 8 am to 4 pm during weekdays, Monday to Friday.

— Supplied.

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