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sassaCape Times reports that the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) has referred nearly 6,000 civil servants who defrauded the agency of the R350 social relief of distress (SRD) grants to their departments for disciplinary proceedings.

Sassa CEO Busisiwe Memela issued letters to the government departments concerned at both the national and provincial-levels advising them of the identification of public servants on the Covid-19 SRD database in September 2022. She requested that consequence management be implemented against the implicated officials by their respective government departments. This was revealed by Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu, who was responding to parliamentary questions. DA MP Bridget Masango had written to Zulu questioning progress made regarding consequence management of the 5,812 public servants who fraudulently received SRD grants, and the 33,833 public servants who fraudulently received other social grants. Zulu said Memela had issued letters requesting that disciplinary action be taken against officials in the Department of Basic Education, the Deeds Office, Department of Labour, Department of Justice, Department of Social Development, Limpopo’s provincial department of health, the SAPS and the Department of Correctional Services. Regarding the 33,833 public servants who fraudulently received other social grants, Zulu said the information was to be obtained from the Sassa’s fraud and compliance department.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mayibongwe Maqhina at Cape Times

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