Sassa officials and 17 others in court for grant fraud

Suspects allegedly abused disability grant system, netting R300,000

01 March 2021 - 11:06 By Peter Ramothwala
The SA Social Security Agency was allegedly scammed by officials colluding with disability grant beneficiaries in Limpopo.
The SA Social Security Agency was allegedly scammed by officials colluding with disability grant beneficiaries in Limpopo.
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The Hawks have dismantled one of the biggest disability grant fraud and corruption syndicates to hit the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) after the arrest of officials and undeserving beneficiaries in Limpopo.

Sassa and Hawks officials, who can’t be named as they are not authorised to speak to the media, revealed how the agency was scammed by officials allegedly colluding with disability grant beneficiaries between 2018 and 2019 in Khobo village, outside Tzaneen.

“A suspended senior Sassa official, who was entrusted with payment approvals of the beneficiaries at Nkowankowa offices, would allegedly collude with his girlfriend to recruit undeserving beneficiaries. The girlfriend is running a drop-in centre and she allegedly recruited many women who worked there as part of the expanded public works programme,” the Sassa official told Sowetan.

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