Two elderly people die while queuing for grant payments - Sassa
The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) says it received two reports of death on Monday as the elderly queued for their grant payments.
An elderly woman is believed to have collapsed when she was confirmed dead outside a Pimville Post Office in Johannesburg, while another person died in Cape Town.
Sassa CEO Totsie Memela says a war room has been created to understand exactly what is happening on the ground.
I want to send out my sincere condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones.Totsie Memela, CEO - Sassa
With the high volumes of people who stood in queues on day one, there appear to have been huge amounts of transactions, says Memela.
We experienced huge transactions today, more transactions than we experience on Day One. Today it was just the elderly and the transactions were huge in all the different areas where people transact with the retailers, banks and also Sapo (SA Post Office).Totsie Memela, CEO - Sassa
Even the retailers, many of them ran out of cash. At the ATMs, the banks in many instances we didn't have any challenges.Totsie Memela, CEO - Sassa
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