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sassaTimesLive reports that the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) in KwaZulu-Natal has welcomed the sentencing of five of its officials to a total of 37 years behind bars for processing fraudulent social grants amounting to R750,000.  

The five officials were convicted in the Ulundi Regional Court on Tuesday following a five-year investigation that started in 2013 after police received a tip-off about their scam.  The tip-off led to the arrest of officials employed by Sassa service provider Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), which distributes social grants payments to beneficiaries.  The suspects included members of the public.  Four of the officials were each sentenced to eight years, while another was given five years.  The convicted officials were implicated in stealing enrollment equipment from Sassa’s Umbumbulu office, which they used to process fraudulent social grants in Ulundi.  They devised a scheme to enrol members of the public for social grants based on fraudulent applications.  The applicants then paid money to the officials for them to process their fraudulent applications and the officials gave them Sassa-branded cards to enable them to receive and draw social grants.

  • Read Bongani Mthethwa’s full report in this regard at TimesLive

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