Grant recipients without pay for a week

2018-07-11 06:01
Lines such as the one pictured above were present throughout last week. PHOTO: byrone athman

Lines such as the one pictured above were present throughout last week. PHOTO: byrone athman

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GRANT recipients across South Africa went a week without pay last week due to a technical glitch experienced by the payee, the Post Office, which has resulted in beneficiaries not being able to adhere to financial commitments and to purchase groceries.

What makes matters worse is that while grant recipients have been feeling the pinch from having no money, strikes over wage negotiation continue to ravage Sassa as the staff who are affiliated with the Public Servants Association (PSA) are engaged in a stalemate with Sassa over salary and employment demands since October last year.

While strikes continued last Monday, minister Susan Shabangu filed a court interdict to stop the strike, citing that the striking employees were disrupting and halting the department’s abilities to pay the grant money.

The court then ruled last Wednesday that the parties involved must negotiate within a seven-day period while the PSA was called to stop all striking.

Sassa spokesperson for KwaZulu-Natal Vusimuzi Mahaye said they were still experiencing payment issues which has resulted in grant holders being unable to withdraw their money but that it would be resolved soon and as consolidation for grant recipients not having money Sassa was considering supplying food vouchers as an alternative.

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