By: Zintle Tsheme
The South African Social Service Agency (SASSA) has started working hand in hand with banks to investigate if applicants have other alternative income sources while also applying for this social grant. They want to know all this before they approve or disapprove if persons are eligible to receive the grant.
This means SASSA sends cases to the banking sector for validation, and unfortunately this process also takes time. This is to check if the applicants do meet the no income, unemployed criteria. Applicants who are found to be receiving funds from more than R595 during the vetting process can be rejected, unless the funds are from SASSA child related grant.
Applicants are urged not to apply for the grant if they do not meet the requirements, or do have alternative sources of income, as the truth shall prevail. Their also urged to be patient as such processes take time.
SASSA has received nearly 14 million applications since August, with 8.3 approved and more than 5.6 million pay-outs received by approved applicants.