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After sustained pressure from Congress of the People, the Minister of Social Development finally announced that from 1st of January 2016, the illegal and unlawful deductions from pensioners and child grant recipients will come to an end.

Some months ago COPE laid charges of fraud against SASSA officials in provinces such as Mpumalanga and the Free State. We staged placard demonstrations in many parts of the country to draw attention to this evil and cruel abuse of pensioners and grant recipients. We see it as a victory for social grant recipients, pensioners and COPE.

COPE will keep on demanding that all monies that were unlawfully deducted from the recipients be paid back, and that all those who stole money from pensioners and grant recipients be brought to book.

COPE will monitor SASSA officials very closely so that this does not become another empty promise from the minister. We will make surprise visits to pay-points from the 1st of January 2016 to get feedback.

Issued by Dennis Bloem, COPE Spokesperson


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