Friday, June 17, 2016

SASSA ‘has no option’ but court action over illegal deductions

Leonie Pretorius

17 June 2016

The South African Social Security Agency says it has no other option but to take Grindrod Bank and Cash Paymaster Services to court for allegedly making illegal deductions from the bank accounts of beneficiaries. 

Grindrod Bank is now seeking legal clarity on new social grant regulations, which make certain deductions unlawful. 

The new law was announced by the Social Development Department last month. 

Sassa’s manager for grants policy support, Dianne Dunkerley, says, “There has been much media coverage about people who are walking away with maybe R20 of their old-age pensions and they tried a number of ways to try and address this.”

She says “The amended regulation went on to say that if their beneficiaries are paid through a method determined by them, then there won’t be any deductions of any nature.”



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