Millions threatened by social grant infighting

By Drum Digital
20 July 2017

Humanitarian organisation The Black Sash is concerned about the Social Security Agency’s (Sassa) ability to lawfully obtain services to pay out social grants on time.

By Aphiwe Boyce

The NGO raised its concerns after Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza accepted an early exit package after less than a year in this position.  Black Sash media spokesperson, Esley Philander, said Magwaza’s departure followed reports of death threats.

“[There is] a worrying trend of senior government officials being intimidated in the course of performing their work. Former director general of social development, Zane Dangor, suffered the same fate with death threats as well as violence prior to, and following his resignation earlier this year,” Philander said.

She added that South Africans and grant beneficiaries in particular should not have to experience yet another extension of the “Invalid Sassa Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) contract,” as was the case in March this year. “We hope that Magwaza’s exit from Sassa will not place the outstanding constitutional court matter on whether minister [Bathabile] Dlamini should be held liable for legal costs as well as the investigation into the parallel work streams in jeopardy,” Philander stated.

Picture by Malibongwe Swane @SwanRian on Twitter.

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