BuzzSouthAfrica has been informed about the arrest of four SASSA officials who have been swindling the agency since 2012.
As learnt, the South African Social Security Agency officials were arrested in Mpumalanga for fraudulent activities that saw SASSA lost over R5 million.
From our gatherings, the arrested officials are part of a group of 14 officials who worked together and illegally processed 260 applications for disability grants. According to SASSA investigation, the syndicate activities have been going since 2012.
Confirming the arrest, Kedibone Mathebula the Manager for Grants Administration related that the officials are working with five different SASSA offices at the Ehlanzeni District.
Adding that internal investigation will continue, Mathebula said:
“They were processing illegal grants, especially disability grants where they don’t follow the normal processes. For example, medical assessment was not done, application were not taken as well.
Meaning that we don’t have the file of the beneficiary, basically they were creating fictitious records. There were no records, but they captured details of the beneficiary on the system.”
Commenting, Dineo Sekgotodi Hawks Spokesperson in Mpumalanga promised that more arrests would be made.
“We had nine targets to be arrested, but so far, we have arrested four. We are still locating other five,” Sekgotodi stated.
Meanwhile, Major General Linda Mbana the Provincial Head of Hawks in North West issued a warning saying Hawks wouldn’t take a break until fraud and corruption are eradicated.
Mbana’s warning follows the arrest of nine traffic examiners, a driving school owner and an administration clerk, for fraud and corruption activities at traffic stations.
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that the suspects were arrested during an intelligence-driven operation designed to combat fraud and corrupt activities at traffic stations and driving schools in the province.
The suspects allegedly issued learners’ and driving licences to incompetent drivers. They also supply learners with answers before they could sit for examinations.
“Invigilators would also play a part by turning a blind eye on learners who would copy and paste openly. Applicants would also get a driver’s license without being tested, as they paid the amount of R7 500 the driving school,” Mbana disclosed.