A crucial meeting to resolve the SASSA strike and avert a social grant payment crisis is underway in Johannesburg. Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu is meeting striking workers union NEHAWU and senior SASSA officials. SASSA workers began with their
national strike action today. They are protesting over a number of issues, including the the biometric system. They say the biometric enrollment for beneficiaries is a new function that workers were not consulted on and that the employer implemented it unilaterally. Shabangu says they want to end the strike soon.