CAPE TOWN - Armed robbers have targeted a South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) payout point at the Bonteheuwel Civic Centre.
The robbery comes as Sassa negotiates with the current paymaster to enter into new contract to ensure the continuation of social grants for another year.
No arrests have yet be made following today’s incident.
Bonteheuwel Ward Councillor Angus Mckenzie says: “This is a selfish and callous act by a group of individuals who are further placing vulnerable groups of people under further financial strain. I am appealing to people to be aware.”
A major crisis is looming if government is not able to pay the country's 17 million grant beneficiaries when a contract with Cash Paymaster Services ends this month.
But Social Development Director-General Zane Dangor says Sassa does have a fallback plan.
“If all else fails, 99% of our beneficiaries have bank accounts so we have a strategy to use that and pay them through the banks.”
Dangor says despite the risks, those in remote areas can be paid in cash.