At least R282million of taxpayers’ money has been stolen by officials of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) the past five years Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Social Development, revealed in parliament.
Zulu said in her reply that 156 officials nationwide have been suspended over the past five years for alleged corruption. Of these, 111 were in KwaZulu-Natal alone.
In addition, 26 officials nationwide were suspended without pay, while 76 were fired for corruption.
The Western Cape reported the fewest cases of SASSA corruption. Mpumalanga has the most cases of fraud.
In the Eastern Cape and Limpopo, 16 officials were fired.
Zulu says that Sassa did apply various measures to prevent similar fraud in the future.
So for example, a comprehensive strategy to prevent fraud has been put in place in the agency.
Sassa has also developed various policies and procedures that all Sassa employees and other stakeholders must adhere to.
“It creates an environment conducive to good corporate governance and fraud prevention.”
Zulu says that Sassa’s management also regularly identifies significant fraud risks and applies control mechanisms, systems and procedures to identify and prevent fraud and corruption.
“A major control mechanism that has been applied since August last year is the verification of bank accounts to ensure that grants are paid into the real beneficiary’s bank account.