SASSA distances itself from fake news

2018-07-25 06:01

A FAKE news article, claiming SASSA accidentally paid grants to 17 000 illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe, is currently doing the rounds on social media.

In a recent statement, SASSA said the false article from a fake news website was incorrectly attributed to SASSA spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi.

“SASSA wishes to distance itself from this xenophobic article which attempts to confuse the public and undermine government efforts to continue providing a buffer against the levels of poverty in the country through the provision of social security,” the statement said.

“This is not the first time that saboteurs have targeted SASSA with ridiculous and misleading reports. It seems that someone with malicious intent is deliberately trying to stir the public’s emotions and confuse grant beneficiaries.

“This fake news unfortunately came on the heels of a situation where beneficiaries were struggling to withdraw their grants as a result of a technical glitch which has since been resolved.

“We remain steadfast in pursuing our mandate of distributing social grants and we won’t be distracted by low lives who don’t have the interest of our beneficiaries at heart,” said Abraham Mahlangu, SASSA Acting CEO.

“We are confident that the public won’t be swayed by such people who seek to undermine its intelligence. The social grant system is stabilised at the moment and going forward. We will eliminate any possibility of technical problems on our system.”

Beneficiaries who experience any problems with their grants should contact 0800 60 1011 or


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.