R238m lost to social grant fraud
Parliament - The SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) has lost R238m to social grant fraud since 2005, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said on Monday.
The agency was defrauded of R12m in 2005, when it was established. In 2006, the figure more than doubled, the minister said in written reply to a parliamentary question by the Democratic Alliance.
She said 17 908 fraud cases were brought to court by December 2010 and 15 004 people have so far been convicted of social grant fraud.
Dlamini said by the end of last year, the government had recovered more than R85m, and was hoping to get back all money lost due to fraud.
She said every person convicted for defrauding Sassa was made to sign an acknowledgement of debt to repay the money, with interest of 15%.
The state is still owed R214m and is collecting the money on a monthly basis. The interest collected is paid over to the national treasury.