761 SASSA officials investigated for fraud, corruption and theft

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says despite the fact that more than half a billion rand has been stolen from the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) over the past 10 years, consequence management seems to have been minimal.

DA Shadow Minister of Social Development Bridget Masango said in an answer to a written parliamentary question from the DA, the Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, revealed that criminal cases for fraud, corruption and theft have been opened against 761 SASSA officials over the past decade. “Yet, SASSA’s annual report indicated that only 37 cases were referred to the police for further investigation”.

Masango added that of three cases of theft, only two resulted in suspensions without pay. “The 259 cases of corruption resulted in only 69 dismissals, while only 30 of the officials involved suffered some form of suspension. Of the 122 individuals investigated for mismanagement and irregular payment, only three were dismissed”.

She futher said while SASSA grant recipients continue to stress month after month about whether their grants will be paid on time, the Agency and the Department of Social Development seem to have little interest in ensuring that money vital to the survival of poor and vulnerable South Africans is safe from thieving hands.

“Minister Zulu must ensure that those individuals who steal from the poorest and most vulnerable are held accountable and serve as warning to any others who might have similar schemes in mind”.  T

Masango concluded by saying the Democratic Alliance will not relent in using any and all parliamentary oversight mechanisms to hold the Minister of Social Development and her department to account at all times.

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