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Durban - Services at the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) offices were disrupted on Monday morning as employees affiliated to the Public Servants Association (PSA) downed tools demanding, among other things, a salary increase of between 13% and 15%.

The PSA said the strike is a national one and many offices across the country were not functioning optimally.

At the Umngeni Road office, a group of members picketed outside the office this morning. Apart from the salary increase the workers are demanding that their housing allowance of R1500 be increased to R2500.

Another demand is that of three days “special leave to be granted for religious activities other than that for Christians.”

PSA KZN Manager Claude Naicker said the protests were planned in such a way that the most vulnerable members of society who rely on Sassa services are not affected badly.

“The payment of grants to the most vulnerable is done at the end of the month and we decided not to picket at that time. At this time the services that are affected are registrations and assessments,” he said.

In a letter of demand sent to the minister of Social Development, the PSA warns of increased action and mobilisation if its demands are not “favourably considered”.

The Mercury