Millions prefer Sassa queues over bank fees

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Thousands of people still queue at social grant pay points across KwaZulu-Natal even though they could have the funds deposited into bank accounts.

According to the Department of Social Development, over 18,2 million South Africans received some sort of social grant from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) during 2019/20.

This number excludes recipients of the social relief of distress R350 grants that was introduced last year to assist the unemployed shortly after the Covid-19 outbreak. However, less than nine million beneficiaries received their grants through banks accounts, with the rest opting to use post offices, supermarkets and other such pay points.

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