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sassaBusiness Day reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) intends to apply for a court interdict barring the use of a biometric system to enrol SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) beneficiaries.  

This follows Nehawu’s announcement that it would go on strike at the agency on Wednesday over Sassa’s unilateral implementation of the new system, which the union said was detrimental to the country’s 17-million grant recipients.  Nehawu claimed that the agency and the social development department had failed to engage extensively on the functions of workers during the migration to and the use of the biometric enrolment and payment of beneficiaries.  Nehawu’s Zola Saphetha commented:  “Biometric enrolment is not part of the job description of workers, hence workers don’t get remunerated for performing it, nor is it part of the Sassa grant administration business process. In rural areas, there is a huge shortage of the biometric enrolment equipment, leading to delays in the servicing of beneficiaries.”  The union also said the new social pension system (Socpen) had been misrepresented to workers as a means to improve the security of social pensions.  “Workers continue to access Socpen the very same way they did before and it is still a very vulnerable system to fraud and hackers,” Saphetha claimed.

  • Read the report by Theto Mahlakoana in full on page 2 of Business Day of 9 October 2018
  • Read too, Nehawu mobilising for ‘full-blown national Sassa strike’, at The Citizen

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