Raisethorpe Sassa employees held

2013-10-02 00:00

MEMBERS of the Hawks swooped on the Raisethorpe branch of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) yesterday and arrested three employees.

Members of the public watched in astonishment as the trio were apprehended in connection with fraudulent activities.

Sassa provincial spokesperson Vusi Mahaye confirmed that three people had been arrested by the Hawks and said that more arrests can be expected. “These were employees at the Cash Paymaster Services and so Sassa offices were not in any way affected by their arrest as they remained open to the public yesterday,” he said.

Mahaye said that the trio were allegedly taking bribes from members of the public in exchange for fraudulent child and pension grant cards.

“We were alerted to these fraudulent activities more than a month ago and we have been working with the Hawks to clamp down on them,” he said.

Mahaye commended the Hawks and other law enforcement agencies for their work in apprehending the suspects. “As Sassa we urge members of the public to report any criminal activities they suspect from any of our employees,” said Mahaye.

Attempts to get a police comment on the arrests was unsuccessful by the time of going to print.

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