Former Sassa Officials and Accomplices Arrested in R200,000 Disability Grant Fraud Case

Sassa Officials
Sassa Officials

In a significant breakthrough, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, commonly known as the Hawks, has successfully conducted a two-day operation resulting in the arrest of two former South African Social Security Agency Sassa Officials and nine other individuals. The charges stem from their alleged involvement in disability grant fraud amounting to R200,000.

Former Sassa Officials Among the Arrested

Alarming Connections:
Among those apprehended are two individuals who once held positions as officials within Sassa. The fact that former officials are implicated in such fraudulent activities raises serious concerns about the integrity of the social security system.

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Joint Effort by Hawks and Sassa Officials

Collaborative Operation:
Lieutenant Colonel Matimba Maluleke, the provincial spokesperson for the Hawks, disclosed that the sting operation was a joint effort between the Serious Corruption Investigation team and Sassa officials. This collaborative approach emphasizes the commitment to root out corruption within the system.

Recruitment and Fraudulent Activities

Exploiting Vulnerabilities:
In 2018, the accused former Sassa officials, who were functioning as administration clerks, allegedly recruited individuals from the public to apply for disability grants without meeting the eligibility criteria. The grants’ initial payments were then redirected to the officials as unlawful rewards, while the unauthorized beneficiaries continued to receive and retain the funds.

Sassa Discovery and Reporting

Swift Action:
The fraudulent scheme came to light when Sassa uncovered the illicit activities and promptly reported the matter to the Hawks. This demonstrates a proactive approach in addressing corruption within the agency.

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Repeat Offenders

Troubling Pattern:
Shockingly, this is not the first time the two former Sassa officials have faced legal consequences. In February 2021, they were arrested by the same Hawks team for similar offenses. Despite being released on bail, subsequent investigations revealed their involvement in additional fraudulent activities.

Government Commitment to Address Corruption

Zero Tolerance:
Major General Gopz Govender, Head of the Hawks in Limpopo, commended law enforcement for their outstanding efforts. He emphasized that both corrupt government officials and members of the public engaged in illegal activities would face the full force of the law. This operation underscores the government’s unwavering commitment to combating corruption and ensuring the integrity of social security programs in South Africa.

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