Sassa rubbishes youth grant claim
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.