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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is probing allegations of improper conduct at the South African Social Security Agency in Gauteng, for the alleged misuse of state funds, the abuse of power, and victimisation.
Every month an elderly woman pays R70 for a taxi to drive her around the mountain from Genadendal to Caledon before standing in a queue for upwards of two hours to collect her Sassa social grant.
The Supreme Court of Appeal has ordered Cash Paymaster Services to pay back an amount of R316m back to the South African Social Services Agency.
Cash Paymaster Services is adamant the South African Social Services Agency unduly benefited from a service for which they did not pay, OFM reports.
KZN Sassa spokesperson Mbizeni Mdlalose says the theft of the computers will not affect operations.
ANC Women's League president Bathabile Dlamini is the latest former minister to walk away from a seat as a Member of Parliament.
Sassa beneficiaries have reportedly been left stranded after the Maitland Post Office was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money.
Western Cape police have confirmed that they are investigating a case of arson following a blaze that destroyed houses and buildings on Sunday in Wupperthal near Clanwilliam.
Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu has urged grant beneficiaries to be on the lookout for attempts by "unscrupulous scammers" to cheat them out of their money.
The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has handed down an interim order, which requires the South African Social Security Agency to pay social grants into accounts chosen by grant beneficiaries.
In 2011, offices for home affairs and the SA Social Security Agency were officially opened in Maqongqo Centre, Pietermaritzburg. But a resident says the offices only operated for a short time before they were closed down.
Former social development minister Bathabile Dlamini must still be held accountable for the South African Social Security Agency grant payment fiasco, the DA has said, reacting to the Public Protector's findings.
A 91-year-old woman is "totally distraught" after she tried to draw her pension money from her Sassa card and was told there were zero funds in her account.
More than 200 South African Social Security Agency cards and R110 000 in cash are among the items officials have confiscated as the agency and the Hawks arrest suspected loan sharks in East London.
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has refused to be drawn into allegations made by former minister Bathabile Dlamini that he colluded with banks.
Sassa has warned that 24 506 beneficiaries in Gauteng stand to forfeit their payments this month.
The South African Social Security Agency has voiced its concern following an advertisement of on Facebook by a man who claims to be "selling" Sassa cards.
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize has called on all government departments, NGOs and the private sector, to lend a hand in managing disaster risks better.
It is alleged that the man was killed after he stole his grandparents' Sassa cards and withdraw their pension money.
The South African Social Security Agency says it has successfully phased out Cash Paymaster Services in favour of the South African Post Office for the payment of social grants.
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