SASSA rejects claims that they offer stationery and uniforms
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) condemns the dissemination of a WhatsApp message that claims that SASSA offers learners free school uniforms and stationery. SASSA can confirm that this message is fake news and wishes to distance itself from it.
SASSA labelled this as malicious with an intent to build mistrust between SASSA and the public.
“It is disturbing that some insensitive people find time to manufacture such fake news and play with the emotions of the needy. This fake news coincides with the reopening of schools and has the potential of sending desperate parents to SASSA offices instead of taking their children to school,” said Lufuno Qina, SASSA Eastern Cape Regional Spokesperson.
The message originated from a January 2018 tweet from a Twitter account which is now circulating on WhatsApp to create anxiety and confuse social grant beneficiaries. This impacts on service delivery because officials have to spend time turning away needy people requesting school uniforms instead of officials focusing on delivering services.
Qina lamented the inconvenience of poor people having to incur unnecessary transport costs to get to SASSA offices only to be turned away. Social grant beneficiaries are requested to be wary of social media messages which sound too good to be true.
“It is better to call the SASSA toll-free line on 0800 60 10 11 to confirm the authenticity of a message from SASSA if a grant beneficiary is not sure. Recipients of this message are requested to delete it immediately and not to distribute it,” warned Qina.