Sassa blows millions on security

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Cape Town - The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has come under fire after allegedly blowing more than R10m on bodyguards for social development spokesperson Lumka Oliphant and other senior officials.

According to the Sunday Times, a little-known security company, Vuco Security Solutions, based in the township of KwaMashu outside Durban, was awarded the multi-million rand deal – without it having been put out on tender.

Documents seen by the newspaper confirm that among the payments made to Vuco were R1.1m for protection services for Oliphant and her family, R2.9m for protection for Sassa CEO Virginia Petersen and Renay Ogle, general manager for fraud management and compliance, R95 460 a month since October last year to protect a whistle-blower from KwaZulu-Natal and R206 000 for a luxury Range Rover for Andile Khanyile, who is head of operations for Vuco.

Documents state that Petersen instructed that most of the contracts bypass the tender process and be funded from her own office.

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