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Government denies paying welfare grants to 17 000 illegal immigrants

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Government denies paying welfare grants to 17 000 illegal immigrants

11th July 2018

By: African News Agency

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The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has distanced itself from a "fake news article" which claims that the agency accidentally paid 17 000 illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe.

The article has been on several websites since Tuesday.

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"Sassa wishes to distance itself from this xenophobic article which attempts to confuse the public and undermine government efforts to continue providing a buffer against the levels of poverty in the country through the provision of social security," the social security agency said in a statement.

Last week Sassa faced a crisis of failed payments and technical glitches, leaving over 700 000 social-grant recipients desperate.

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"The social grant system is stabilised at the moment and going forward, we will eliminate any possibility of technical problems on our system," said the department.

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