Police seize 46 Sassa cards, thousands in cash

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A pensioner holds his SASSA card during grant collection on March 01, 2017 in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

A pensioner holds his SASSA card during grant collection on March 01, 2017 in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Police Service (Saps) seized 46 counterfeit South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) cards, R29 000 in cash, and  several identity document in Randfontein on Friday morning.

In a statement, the Saps says five suspects, aged between 45 and 58, were arrested and will face several charges including fraud, theft, and contravention of the National Credit Act when they appear at the Krugersdorp Magistrate Court.

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the statement says police were acting on information and observed several ATMs at the Village Square in Randfontein.

The suspects were confronted while they were withdrawing money from  ATM machines belonging to several banks. On searching the suspects, police seized Sassa cards that had  been registered to various people.

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Files containing pin numbers of people suspected to have borrowed money from the suspects were also confiscated.

It is an offence in terms of the Social Assistance Act and National Credit Act  for any person to use a Sassa card on behalf of another person.

Card holders are also committing an offence by allowing other people to have access to their cards.

According to the Saps, further investigations are continuing and the card-holders are likely to face prosecution.