R2bn saved through social grants cleanup

2013-10-23 14:29

R2 billion was saved this year after fraudulent and ineligible claimants had their social grants removed.

National Treasury’s mid-year budget review, or adjusted estimates of national expenditure, tabled in Parliament today, showed that the department of social development will be underspending its social grants budget by R2 billion in the current financial year.

Finance Minster Pravin Gordhan said this was not because social grants were being cut, but because fraudsters and ineligible claimants were dropped from the system in a cleanup by the department.

“This is an excellent example of cost saving,” he said.

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