Grant recipients paid less

SOCIAL grant recipients in rural areas complain that they are often paid R100 to R200 short on their grants.

This emerged yesterday during a National Council of Province (NCOP visit to the South African Social Security Services Agency (Sassa) in Tubatse near Burgersfort, Limpopo.

Authorities said the visit was a build-up to the Taking Parliament to the People programme that will take place in Tubatse from March 22 to 26.

During the week-long sitting of Parliament in the area community members will get an opportunity to interact with parliamentarians and cabinet ministers on service delivery and governance.

During yesterday's meeting at the Sassa offices it emerged that grants recipients normally find their money short by R100 to R200.

The meeting was between Sassa, Home Affairs and the National Council of Province.

The council urged Sassa to come up with immediate interventions to address these short payments at pay points.

The chairperson of the select committee on special services, Nomonde Rasmeni, said: "This is unacceptable. How on earth can anyone rob the poor of their grants."

Rasmeni also urged Sassa to come up with urgent interventions to bring this abnormality to an end.