According to Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu, more than 214 000 grants have been paid to deceased people in the last 22 months.
“For the period January 2020 to 31 October 2021, a total of 214 344 vouchers were extracted after the death of the beneficiary," Zulu said.
In response to a question written in the Parliamentary Q&A earlier in the week of December 6, 2021, Zulu said the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) runs its data with the Department of Home Affairs' population register to ensure that people paid social or SRD grants are the correct beneficiaries.
"Deaths that are reported late, or after the extraction date will result in payments for the specific beneficiary being extracted,” Zulu said.
Zulu went on to say that the information provided is for payment vouchers extracted after the beneficiary's death date; it does not reflect grants, but it is linked to a beneficiary who may receive more than one grant.
"Further analysis is required to be able to specify this by grant type,” said Zulu.
The Minister of Social Development also stated that 59 000 people received the R350 social relief of distress (SRD) grant after passing away in the previous few months.
Again, Zulu stated that the actual amount paid out will not be known until they receive the full reconciliation from the South African Post Office (SAPO)
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