Sassa rub­bishes youth grant claim

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - NEWS - BENIDA PHILLIPS STAFF RE­PORTER

THE SOUTH African So­cial Se­cu­rity Agency (Sassa) has rub­bished an ad­vert re­gard­ing a grant for un­em­ployed youth that is cur­rently be­ing cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia.

The ad­vert states that un­em­ployed youth can ap­ply for a grant of R2 200 from Sassa.

Sassa spokesper­son, Palesa Let­satsi, said sev­eral en­quiries had been made by mem­bers of the pub­lic re­gard­ing the mat­ter.

“Sassa has been in­un­dated with en­quiries re­gard­ing a What­sApp ad­ver­tise­ment of a so-called un­em­ploy­ment grant for R2 200. Sassa wishes to place it on record that there is no such thing as an un­em­ploy­ment grant or voucher be­ing dis­trib­uted and that the ad­ver­tise­ment was not pro­duced by government. Sassa con­demns the ped­dling of this fake news with the con­tempt it de­serves,” said Let­satsi.

She also warned com­mu­nity mem­bers not to ap­ply to the ad­vert.

“The au­thors of this fake news could be crim­i­nals who are try­ing to scam vul­ner­a­ble and un­sus­pect­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic. The pub­lic is warned not to down­load the form that comes from the fake web­site on the ad­ver­tise­ment as this could lead to pos­si­ble iden­tity theft. Government web­sites do not end with .co.za and the pub­lic has to read the fine de­tails in or­der to iden­tify some of th­ese scams. The pub­lic is also warned not to pro­vide strangers with their per­sonal doc­u­ments, such as iden­tity num­bers and proof of res­i­dence. If some­thing sounds too good to be true please ver­ify with Sassa on 0800 60 10 11 be­fore tak­ing ac­tion,” she said.

Let­satsi added that they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter.

“Sassa is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter with a view of tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against shame­less scam­mers try­ing to rob the poor,” she said.

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