New grants law 'a boon to cheats'

The SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) is worried that social grant cheats will exploit new regulations that do not require that an applicant produce an identity document.

The SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) is worried that social grant cheats will exploit new regulations that do not require that an applicant produce an identity document.

"We cannot deny that we are worried that the situation will get out of control," Sassa chief executive Fezile Makiwane said yesterday.

Last year more than 6000 public servants were charged with fraud involving social grants.

Now, affidavits from a commissioner of oaths and sworn statements signed by clergymen, school principals, policemen or traditional leaders will be accepted .

Eligible people will also be entitled to an immediate relief of distress grant. - Zintle Mapumulo and Nkosana Lekotjolo

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