How to Stop a SASSA Grant Payment

By Tevait Feanle •  Updated: 04/18/24 •  5 min read

The SASSA Grant system is there to offer people and families in poor financial circumstances government-funded support to help them. As your circumstances change for the better, or if the recipient should pass away or age out of the grant, you have a duty to cancel the grant payment or to have it amended to reflect your new income status. You cannot simply continue to claim the grant, as this would count as financial fraud and could result in penalties or even jail time. Here’s everything you need to do to achieve this.

Can You Cancel Your SASSA Grant?

You can cancel your SASSA grant easily via the SASSA website. You can simply log in to your account, choose the ‘cancel my application’ tab, and cancel from there. Alternatively, you can go into your nearest SASSA office and get in-person assistance to cancel your grant. You can also do this from the new SASSA mobile app.

How Do I Stop a SASSA Grant Payment?

If you cancel your SASSA grant, the payments will stop automatically too. It is important to remember that SASSA will pay out via the method you chose. If this is by bank transfer, it will go to the banking details on the system. This is why you must make sure to update your banking details if you change banks or account numbers, or the money may be paid to the wrong place or person. This is also why they insist that the bank account and mobile you use for your grant application are in your name- you cannot have your grant money paid to someone else on your behalf.

How Do I Reverse a SASSA Payment?

SASSA grant payments cannot be reversed if the receiver has already accessed the balance in any way. If you have not yet withdrawn the funds, however, you can reverse them by asking for assistance from SASSA themselves. Depending on the exact reason and circumstances, you may be able to access them later. This can be a complex process, and it is better to keep your details up-to-date, and cancel timeously if your circumstances change, rather than trying to fix it after the fact.

If you receive your grant money into your bank account, you should contact your bank as soon as possible and explain the situation. Depending on the circumstances, your bank may be able to reverse the payment for you. You will need to provide your bank with the details of the SASSA payment, including the payment reference number, the date of the payment, and the amount. You will also need to provide a reason for the reversal of the payment, such as an incorrect payment or fraudulent activity.

You should also contact SASSA to inform them of the situation and request that they cancel the payment from their end. If requested, you may need to provide additional information or documentation to support the reversal of the payment.

IIf you are unsure about the process or have any concerns, you should seek advice from SASSA via their hotline, website, or a visit to a SASSA office.

What Happens to Leftover Grant Money?

If you have not used your grant money within the 3 month lapse period, it will be forfeited and returned to the national treasury to help fund other grants. This 3 month period is there to help people whose grants have lapsed erroneously access the money they were due without further hassle. If your account is in danger of lapsing, they will inform you- but as the South African postal system is not reliable, you should register to receive updates on your phone and make sure you stay on top of your grant payments while receiving them.

Can You Leave Money On Your SASSA Card?

Yes, you can leave money on your SASSA card. You also don’t need to spend all the money if you receive your payments into your bank account every month. The money paid into your SASSA card or bank account is yours to use as needed. However, SASSA grants are meant to assist with basic living expenses such as food, clothing, and shelter. It is recommended that you budget your grant money wisely and prioritize your essential needs before spending on non-essential items. Additionally, it is a good idea to keep track of your spending to ensure that you do not run out of money before the next payment.

Remember that you should not see your SASSA funds as ‘free money’, but rather a helping hand from the government to assist you. This means that you should stop your grant if you no longer meet the means criteria or the recipient dies/ages out of the grant eligibility criteria. You should also reverse, report, or return any amount erroneously paid to you. Failure to do so will be counted as social security fraud. Luckily, it is simple to do all these things- and now you know how.

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