Thursday, July 14, 2022

SASSA Khayelitsha offices closed without notice

Many residents in Khayelitsha were left hanging on Thursday morning, after the South Africa Social Security Agency’s (SASSA) office in Khayelitsha closed, without notice.

The building out of which SASSA operates in Khayelitsha is currently undergoing renovations. However, the Western Cape’s Social Development Department, which operates from the same building, has made contingency plans to continue serving Khayelitsha residents through home visits during this period.

DA Western Cape Social Development Spokesperson, Dan Plato raised concerns on the closure of the facility.

‘’This closure represents yet another in a long line of failures by SASSA in the area as for months SASSA clients have complained about long queues and waiting hours. It is an indictment on SASSA that the most vulnerable, especially those with disabilities and the elderly, had to make trips to the office today without any warning about the office’s closure.’’

‘’At a time at which the rising cost of living has made the social security net more vital than ever, SASSA continues to drop the ball. SASSA must account for its failures, not only to government, but to the people it serves.’’

Plato says he will be visiting the site to engage with SASSA clients

‘’ (I) will demand answers from the entity on behalf of the many stranded beneficiaries. We must ensure that the social security net is in safe hands, and that grant recipients are not left high and dry by incompetence and uncaring attitudes.’’

 

PICTURE: SASSA

Done By: Mitchum George

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