Johannesburg - Elderly social grant beneficiaries from Soweto have complained that their South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) money is being stolen straight from their accounts.
One of these pensioners include 86-year-old Busisiwe* from Phiri, Soweto. On March 2, Busisiwe’s daughter went to collect a grant for older persons on behalf of her mother from the Pick n Pay outlet in Chiawelo, Soweto when her mother’s Sassa card was declined.
Thoko said she went to Sassa and was referred to the Post Office to lodge a complaint and fill in forms.
“I asked how the money was withdrawn because I’m the only person who knew my mother’s pin and card number and I was told it was withdrawn in Protea Gardens on March 1,” she said. Busisiwe was supposed to receive about R1700 for her grant.
Thoko then made multiple trips to and from the Post Office and the Sassa offices and was eventually told to make an application for a new card. However, the stolen money was not reimbursed.