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 grantenquiries@sassa.gov.za.

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