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Bad news: Hawks are investigating Sassa frauds

Sassa exploring 'raising' misrepresentation casesGauteng recipients report having unapproved allowances on their new Sassa/Postbank cards. 

Retired person Sara Thauthau from Gauteng says she was stunned to find that Emerald Life safety net providers had been deducting R160 for a burial service strategy she didn't need and hadn't purchased for a half year. 

"l never joined any protection. I'm presently unfit to purchase bread on the grounds that l've lost R960." When Thauthau had the option to go to her closest South African Social Security (Sassa) office to enquire about the derivations, she was really at that time educated that it was by Emerald Life for an approach. 

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Sassa then, at that point exhorted 73-year-old Thauthau to log a debate straightforwardly with the insurance agency. She additionally mentioned that the strategy be dropped. 

At the point when GroundUp reached Emerald Life last month, they denied Thauthau's claims. The organization said that Thauthau had pursued the strategy, yet when requested confirmation, they said the data was "delicate" and "individual". 

In a subsequent email to the guarantor about Thauthau's solicitation to drop and her compensation, CEO Etienne van der Westhuisen said, "We can affirm that the strategy was dropped and a discount on all expenses was done on 20 August to a financial balance designated to Ms Thauthau." 

In a different case, Emma Mbatha from Langaville said she had something like three months of her R1,890 month to month annuity taken. Mbatha turned out to be sick recently and couldn't go to a mailing station to pull out her award. In the wake of recuperating in June, she found that her cash was no more. 

"I thought I was confounded in the wake of emerging from a long sickness," she said. Mbatha was determined that she kept her cards protected and stowed away. 

"The neighborhood mail center said the cash was removed from carport ATM machines, some of it to the extent Pretoria after 12 PM," said Mbatha, who needs the cash to take care of her hospital expenses and purchase food. 

The Post Office has vowed to examine. 

"These grumblings have heightened in the beyond couple of months. We are drawing in with SAPO to annihilate such occurrences," said Sassa representative Nandi Mosia. 

Kevin Maartens, boss danger official at Postbank, disclosed to GroundUp that bank card extortion was an industry-wide concern. The Postbank/Sassa card works inside the public installment framework like a typical bank card. 

"Postbank is presenting different measures including energetic client mindfulness and training drives, framework misrepresentation recognition updates just as branch staff instruction. Sassa recipients are urged to fortuitously report any dubious misrepresentation," he said.


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