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16 August 2018

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape welcomes the South African Post Office’s (SAPO) plan to roll out mobile units for SASSA beneficiaries to access their grant payments. I am, however, concerned about the safety of grant beneficiaries at mobile units given the prominence of cash-in-transit crime in South Africa which could make grant beneficiaries targets of crime.

The DA calls on SASSA and SAPO to ensure that a clear collaborative security plan is in place to protect both officials and beneficiaries from attack. This concern follows the brazen theft of an entire SASSA ATM in Port Elizabeth.

The Minister in the Presidency for the National Planning Commission for Policy and Evaluation, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s announcement that the SAPO will launch a series of mobile units comes after a controversial announcement that SASSA will be migrating beneficiary payments from cash-based Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) to predominately card based SAPO services.

On Tuesday 28 August, SASSA will brief the Standing Committee on Community Development on the progress made by the SASSA in building its own capacity to ensure an effective migration. I will ask SASSA to communicate a clear plan to beneficiaries on where and when the units will be rolled out, and outline a plan as to how these units will be secured.

I further call on beneficiaries to attend this Standing Committee and participate in holding the SASSA to account.

We will continue to ensure that SASSA adheres to its own values, and that all beneficiaries, who are so dependent on their grants, are treated with dignity and respect.

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