How To Write An Affidavit For SASSA Child Grant

By Tevait Feanle •  Updated: 06/22/24 •  6 min read

Affidavits are an important part of proving your identity and circumstances when applying for a SASSA grant. This is particularly important when you are applying for a minor child. As the child can’t apply for themselves, their primary caregivers will need to explain who they are, why the child is in their care and other important matters before receiving the grant payment on the child’s behalf. In addition to this affidavit, you will sometimes need to provide affidavits to explain discrepancies or unusual circumstances- like not having an SA ID document. Luckily SASSA tries to make this an easy process, and we are here to help too. Here’s everything you should know about writing affidavits for the SASSA child grant

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Is An Affidavit Needed When Applying For a Child Grant?

You will need at least one affidavit when applying for the SASSA child grant. The affidavit most typically needed, especially in cases where the child is not biologically yours, is one which will explain your relationship to the child and why they are in your care. For example, foster parents will need to explain the foster situation, while grandparents acting as primary caregivers will need to explain that and their relationship to the child.

How To Write An Affidavit For The SASSA Child Grant

SASSA requires the affidavit for the SASSA child grant to be written in a specific format. You will sign it in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths. These are people entrusted with the ability to witness legal documents like this by the South African government. The most common Commissioner of Oaths you will meet is a police officer, but many attorneys, marriage officers, religious figures, accountants, and others are also qualified as Commissioners of Oaths. SASSA provides a template here that you can adjust to reflect your exact circumstances and use for this purpose.

What Should I Put On My Affidavit When Applying For SASSA Child Grant?

The information needed for your affidavit for SASSA child grant applications will vary a little based on your specific circumstances and the reason you are the child’s primary caregiver. It is recommended that you contact your nearest SASSA office or their hotline to confirm the requirements before writing your affidavit. You can also use the template they provide and adjust it to suit your situation.

When writing an affidavit for the SASSA child grant, it is important to include the following information:

The Commissioner of Oaths will stamp and sign the affidavit as well, providing their reason and ability to fulfill this office in South Africa.

What Do I Write On SASSA Affidavit?

We have covered what to write on your SASSA affidavit above. In summary, you need to identify yourself and the child(ren) the grant application is for fully and formally, explain that you are the primary caregiver and the circumstances that led to this, declare that you understand providing fraudulent information is a crime which can result in legal action, and provide a signature, date, and place. You will need to sign this affidavit in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths. Remember that SASSA offers affidavit templates in their download center online for you to use.

Where Can I Get a SASSA Affidavit Form?

You can get a SASSA affidavit form for the child grant (and other grants) from their online download center. You can also go to your nearest SASSA office to collect one in-person. While there are online affidavit templates you can also use, SASSA has specific requirements for the content and format of the affidavit, so it is recommended that you check with your local SASSA office to ensure that you are using the correct form and including all relevant information.

What Is An Example Of An Affidavit?

An affidavit is a written statement that is made under oath or affirmation, which is then used as evidence to assist your SASSA application. It is a document that sets out the facts of a particular matter and is signed by the person making the statement (the affiant) in the presence of a person authorized to administer oaths, such as a Notary Public or a Commissioner of Oaths. You can find many examples online. For SASSA applications, we suggest using the example affidavits available from a SASSA office or their website.

What Evidence Do I Need For an Affidavit Of Support?

The ‘affidavit of support’ is a term used in the United States, not in South Africa. However, SASSA does need you to provide an affidavit with your SASSA Child Grant application to confirm who you are and why you are supporting the child. Typically the evidence needed to prove this will also be attached as part of the required documents for your SASSA application. If you have any questions, you can ask SASSA online, through the telephone hotline, or in-person at a SASSA office.

How Do I Submit An Affidavit Of Support?

To reiterate, an Affidavit of Support, while it is a term you will find used online a lot, is a form of affidavit used in the United States, not South Africa. However, you will be required to submit an affidavit with your SASSA child grant application that covers a similar principle. You can access the suggested affidavit for this case from the SASSA website or a SASSA office. Complete it with your details, sign it in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths, and then simply return it along with your other supporting documents to the office or uploaded via the website.

While the use of legal terminology can be confusing, the affidavit for a SASSA Child Grant is actually easy to understand, and you can always ask for help if needed, too. Hopefully, you now feel much more confident about preparing this important legal document for your SASSA application.

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