Thursday, September 17, 2015

Cope assisting pensioners in SASSA illegal deductions issue

Rentse Khiba
17 September 2015

Some pensioners and child grant recipients in Badplaas in Mpumalanga are battling SASSA officials, claiming the agency has deducted money from their accounts without consent.

These distressed individuals have requested help from the Congress of the People.

In a recent statement, COPE said that SASSA had cheated these people by saying they had bought electricity or airtime even though many had neither mobile phones nor electricity meters.

COPE Spokesman Dennis Bloem explained the Congress of the People would be meeting some of the affected pensioners and child grant recipients today.

They will also go to the police to lay charges of fraud against these criminals who prey on the pensioners.

Bloem highlighted that COPE has written to Minister Bathabile Dlamini ten days ago in which they requested an urgent meeting to discuss the unlawful deductions, but the minister has still not responded.

“we want the Minister to know that by ignoring our request to meet she is helping to exacerbate the problem and that it would be In her best interest to meet urgently” Bloem concluded.



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