Sassa corruption: Millions lost by Sassa due to fraud

Sassa corruption

More than half a billion rand has been lost to SASSA because 1174 people fraudulently received social grants.

DA MP Bridget Masango asked Lindiwe Zulu how many people wrongfully received social grants as well as how much was stolen from them when she answered a parliamentary question on social grants.

Zulu’s written response states that 1 174 suspected abuses of social grants were reported to law enforcement between 2012-2013 and 2021-2022.

Six hundred and sixty-one officials were included, as well as two hundred twenty-one beneficiaries, 120 lenders, and 72 individuals.

It is estimated that a total loss of R536 683 179.12 is possible. According to Zulu, the actual loss could not be determined in some cases yet.

During 2018-19 and 2013-14, Sassa recorded potential losses of R215 million and R109 million, respectively.

Sassa has managed to steal 82 084 cards and R23 million since 2018, Zulu said in response to questions from EFF Laetitia MP Arries.

According to Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi, two officials from her department have been accused of illegal activities.

Sibuyiselwe Angela Buthelezi of IFP asked Kubayi questions regarding the number of convicted scammers and other illegal activity employees.

Buthelezi also asked how many cases or complaints had been filed against her department and its employees.

Police opened one criminal case after receiving two referrals from the department.

As of now, the court case is ongoing, and the department is still investigating the other matter.

During the 2018-2019 financial period, the department suffered a loss of R3 200 000 due to two fraudulent payments. During the period 2022-2023, another matter was reported.

An investigation is underway, and financial implications will be determined once the investigation is complete.

Conclusion

Social security assistance is undermined by SASSA corruption. Providing adequate remuneration to employees and integrating robust monitoring systems are essential to combating corruption.

In order for social grants to reach those most in need, SASSA needs to address corruption’s causes and effects.

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