As the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is working round the clock to process applications of the Special COVID-19 SRD grant, SASSA has picked up during the verification process that some applicants are government employees.
This was observed through the checking process of SRD Grant applicants against the various government databases to verify that those applying for the grant were not civil servants. In a media statement, SASSA said, “As result of a recent exercise conducted, SASSA has identified both SASSA and provincial Social Development employees, including other public servants who are drawing social grants.
Those public servants receiving foster child grants are entitled to do so, as these are not means-tested and there are court orders to back the applications.
“However, the other grants are being investigated to ensure that the means test has been correctly applied. SASSA exercises a zero tolerance to any deliberate attempt to access social grants by people who do not qualify for these.
“It remains the responsibility of every citizen, whose financial circumstances change, even while they are receiving the grant, to inform SASSA of such change immediately.
“This allows for their eligibility for continued receipt of the grant to be reviewed. Further action will be taken where it is found that ineligible public servants have continued to receive these grants.”