The scam claims the initiative will run from 2019 until 2020 and will grant all unemployed SA citizens a R2 200 grocery voucher. File Image: IOL

CAPE TOWN – The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has announced on its social media platforms that the initiative to grant all unemployed South African citizens groceries is a scam.

Sassa wrote on Twitter: “Sassa would like to warn its beneficiaries about the recent scam circulating. The below information is untrue and misleading.”


The scam claims the initiative will run from 2019 until 2020 and will grant all unemployed SA citizens a R2 200 grocery voucher.

The scam then states that SA citizens should have a valid SA ID or birth certificate in order to apply for the grant, that is closing on 23 December 2018.

If you've been a victim of the scam, Sassa has encouraged that you visit their offices to report the matter. 

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The last scam related to Sassa was in December 2017, when it had to defend allegations of office closures during the month.

The agency said that it is worried about the growing number of scams and bogus information currently targeting people who benefit from social grants. 

The information that circulated on social media suggested that Sassa offices would to be closed in December and that beneficiaries of Sassa grants will only receive their money in January 2018.

However, at the time Sassa assured its beneficiaries that all of their offices would be opened in December, with the exception of except public holidays such as Christmas Day.

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