SASSA eMkhondo prayer session

A SASSA eMkhondo prayer session has followed bizarre instances of traditional healers entering the regional office. Image: File/Fotor

SASSA eMkhondo prayer session aids ‘traumatised’ staff

Traumatised staff have returned to work after two weeks, following a special SASSA eMkhondo prayer session. Here’s more on the bizarre story.

SASSA eMkhondo prayer session

A SASSA eMkhondo prayer session has followed bizarre instances of traditional healers entering the regional office. Image: File/Fotor

All it took was a SASSA eMkhondo prayer session and a two-week break to get South African Social Security Agency staff to reopen the regional office. This follows several incidents of bizarre rituals taking place in the eMkhondo (formerly Piet-Retief) office in Mpumalanga, reports The Citizen.

In the aftermath, the agency also felt compelled to offer free-of-charge counselling services to all affected employees through its SASSA wellness programme. But what exactly took place?


SASSA eMkhondo prayer session
South African Social Security Agency staff host press following the SASSA eMkhondo prayer session. Image: SASSA/X

The SASSA eMkhondo prayer session was a way for employees to cleanse themselves following unsavoury rituals allegedly caught on CCTV camera at the offices (see below). Footage allegedly shows two SASSA staff members and three men believed to be traditional healers, in the office after hours. And according to reports, staff found needles scattered on the floor daily.

The discovery prompted the temporary closure of the office, pending a full investigation into the after-hours goings-on. Agency employees were able to continue their work at an alternative venue, the eMkhondo community hall. Furthermore, Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, Mpumalanga MEC for Social Development said a SASSA eMkhondo prayer session was hosted by church leaders and other faith-based organisations.



WATCH: An employee of SASSA in Piet Retief in Mpumalanga province allegedly brought in a sangoma to the offices to perform rituals in the thick of the night. The sangoma is seen performing the rituals on several workstations. The offices have since been closed after witchcraft fears by staff. @ScrollaAfrica

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Following the SASSA eMkhondo prayer session, Mpumalanga spokesperson Senzeni Ngubeni confirmed that everything was back to normal this week. Services have been restored at the regional offices following fumigation and a deep cleaning. Likewise, for surrounding communities, the offices are operational and receiving clients once again, confirmed Ngubeni.

According to the spokesperson, the matter was still under investigation. It is unknown what transpired and whether the SASSA staff involved would face censure. “It’s a matter we must process phase by phase,” said Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu. She reiterated that while she understood the employees’ concerns, the department could not afford any disruptions to services.


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Find another regional SASSA office at the contacts below. Image: File

If this story of traditional healers in SASSA offices has you freaked out, below is a list of all nine provincial offices who will be able to direct you to a regional one near you:

SASSA OfficePhysical addressPhone numberEmail address
SASSA House (Head office)501 Prodinsa Building, Steve Biko Street, Pretoria0800 60 10
Eastern CapeBKB Building, Merino Road, Quigney, East London5200 043 707
Gauteng28 Harrison Street, Johannesburg011 241
Mpumalanga18 Ferreira Street, Nelspruit013 754
Limpopo43 Landros Mare Street, Polokwane015 291
North West1st Industrial Site, Mahikeng018 388
Free StateCnr St. Andrew Street & Aliwal Street, Bloemfontein051 410
North WestPerm Building, 33 Du Toitspan Road, Kimberley053 802
KwaZulu-Natal1 Bank Street, Pietermaritzburg033 846
Western CapeGolden Acre, Adderley Street, Cape Town021 469

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