Deputy President Paul Mashatile has informed the National Council of Provinces that all South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) beneficiaries have now been paid.
This announcement comes after a technical glitch at Postbank left around 600,000 grant beneficiaries without their funds last month.
During a parliamentary session on Thursday, Mashatile addressed concerns and provided an update on the situation. He stated that the Office of the President receives regular briefings on the progress reports from the Ministers of Communications and Social Development.
“Government remains fully committed to the timely and seamless payment of social grants to all beneficiaries,” Mashatile assured the South African public. “We can assure you that the matter is receiving the necessary attention.”
Mashatile went on to explain that all the failed transactions have been reversed, and the affected beneficiaries have been refunded. He also expressed his apologies for the inconvenience caused by the payment delays.
“We regret the recent glitches in the payment of grants that affected several grant recipients,” Mashatile sincerely stated. “We fully understand the distress and suffering that resulted from this system glitch, especially for older people who rely on these grants. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.”
The Deputy President further emphasized that the September system glitches have been resolved, and all social grant beneficiaries who experienced payment delays have now received their grant payments.