SASSA Grant Recipients Struggle Financially During Employee Strikes and ‘System Failures.’

Many South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) grant recipients are struggling to pay the bills, thanks to the SASSA employee strikes and SASSA card glitches. Employees are currently demanding R2500 housing allowances and 15% salary increases, but say that their strike should not prevent grant recipients from getting paid.

SASSA grant recipients are now under instructions to collect their grants from post offices, but are experiencing difficulties due to their new cards malfunctioning. 17 million South Africans are dependent upon these grants, and while CEO Abraham Mahlangu has issued an apology for the delay in payments, it does little to help those who rely on the money to pay for rent and groceries.

By: Mikayla Tetreault, Staff Writer