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Illegals cashing in on grants

2011-10-23 21:51

Mbombela - A preliminary inter-ministerial investigation has confirmed that thousands of Mozambican and Swazi citizens have dual citizenship and cross into South Africa  to collect social grants on a monthly basis.

The preliminary report was presented by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini during a visit to Mangweni and communities near the Swaziland border on Friday as part of social development month.

“In an investigation between September 12 and 19 this year, the department, in conjunction with the South African Police Service and South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), found that there are thousands of foreign people benefitting from [South Africa] because they have dual citizenship,” said Dlamini.

She said it was easy for foreign citizens to get citizenship in South Africa because they had inside help.

"Among the things the investigation revealed is that local traditional leaders give them affidavits to apply for [South African] IDs and social grants," she said.

Dlamini said the investigation targeted activities along Mpumalanga's borders, including 15 illegal crossing points and 25 pension paypoints in the Nkomazi area, which borders both Swaziland and Mpumalanga.

The report also revealed that thousands of foreign citizens owned RDP houses in South Africa, which they rented to South Africans.

“They only come here to collect grants and rent money and go back home until the next month,” Dlamini said.

She said the department had advertised posts to hire more Sassa officials who will be trained to correct the problem.

“We will push the investigation forward to clamp down on this practice in both Mpumalanga and Limpopo,” she said.


 

Comments
  • Ian - 2011-10-23 22:18

    this isnt news, have they only discovered this now , no of course not they have known all long, what will this criminal government do about it, nothing of course

      Willie - 2011-10-24 09:42

      I'm sick of this incompetancy from the ANC led goverment

      Warren - 2011-10-24 13:20

      "She said the department had advertised posts to hire more Sassa officials who will be trained to correct the problem." Really Minister Bathabile Dlamini, what makes you think that these recruits won't be as corrupt as your current employees? Everyone, & I mean everyone is in it for the money... even you. (Otherwise you would've said: "This is my mess, I will resign in shame".)

  • Jimmy - 2011-10-23 22:20

    Whoever opened the floodgates should now sort this problem out.

      Jay - 2011-10-24 08:51

      wonder what flood gates you are talking about because foreigners have been coming to south africa since the eraly 1930s when the Egoli gold rush rush started,,,the former govt brought in more foregners in SA than the current one because every 2 weeks there would be a train bringing in cheap labour from zimbabawe, malawi, zambia and mozambique and all these people use to stay in Alex,and some were transported to kimberly to work in the diamond fields, the apartheid govt was not keen on employing locals becoz of thier political affiliations and because of tribalism which often disrupted mining activities,and the apartheid govt would encourage the foregners to marry the local women in order to keep the foreigners in the country, basically to keep the cheap labour,as a result people who live in the Jhb townships are of foreign decent. Just giving you a history lesson,,,So since the flood gates were opened by the apartheid govt and since the apartheid govt no longer exists the flood gates shall remain open until SA becomes like America "a country of immigrants"..I got no problem with foreigners flooding the country mzansi people need to wake up and stop whining like little "female dogs"the fact that foreigners are getting grants in SA has nothing to do with foreigners its all to do with incompetetnt and greedy officials..

  • Jackie - 2011-10-23 22:24

    and when we complain about such things, self-righteous bastards say we are xenophobic. border security needs to be beefed up and deportations accelerated in order to arrest this situation. census my ass.

  • Yar - 2011-10-23 22:38

    Time to do away with "traditional leaders" No place for their corruption in a modern world. No more tax subsidies for them.

  • jcalitz3 - 2011-10-23 23:11

    We have had now censuses in 1996, 2001, community profile 2007 and now 2011 the total cost R 6,6 billion. We do not know how many people are in South Africa. Our research show we have between 60-63 million people in this country. People are streaming into the country to get grants. Young women come from all over Africa to get pregnant in South Africa to get a grant. Now I can tell you now StatsSA when they give you our total population next year it will be around 51-53 million people and the distribution of the people will be totally wrong. the ANCYL can march every day of the year more jobs will not fall out of the heaven we have just too many blacks in South Africa because we have so many illegals in the country around 10-11 million. The small population groups will always do better Whites and Coloureds between 7,8-8 Million and Indians/Asians just over 1,2 million these populations you can accommodate. But 11 million illegals is going to make this country a very poor country. Not even Mugabes model is going to alleviate poverty. The top brass of the ANC and the ANCYL is also taking to much money for themselves. How can any country today afford a President with 5-8 wife's, girlfriends and 35-40 children what message is he giving to the youth. This problem is so big it will take a strong leader to sort out this problem. we do not have that leadership in South Africa. The only solution is close our borders probably so that no one can get in. Use a satellite to monitor.

      wessel.green - 2011-10-24 08:43

      Stealing inherit in their genes???

  • Sonja - 2011-10-23 23:28

    It goes deeper than that. Lesotho citizens collect pensions, social grants and FREE Medication especially ARVs in RSA at the cost of the taxpayer but we cannot serve our own; and then they go and brew drugs with the ARVs and sell it back to the youth!!!. Zimbabweans get the same preferential treatment, not only those living here but those who cross the border once a month for "shopping". When I spoke out about it (I was working for Dept of Health) I was told to "shut up or else". Charity begins at home but this Government is very free in spending our money on their desires and dreams, squashing ours in the process. Nothing will be done because the government are planning their retirements on paybacks for favours from their cronies, they don't learn from the mistakes made by despots and tyrants; so they figure out ways to nail us, the taxpayers. The opposition parties are useless, toothless and spineless. That is one of the reasons Departments overspend their budgets they plan for the 50 million South Africans and end up providing 15 million foreigners who legally cross the borders to collect fraudulent hand-outs. It's easier to (legally) get a South African ID or Passport in Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia and Mozambique than it is in South Africa. We need to shake up the leaders in our country.

      colin.dovey - 2011-10-24 07:21

      Well put Sonja - but as we all know, there are NO leaders worth their salt. The people there are just filling positions, but taking no action - that is why renegades like Julius Malema are grabbing attention - he is grabbing all the limelight, when what should be getting attention is: 1. Education centres for apprenticeships (trades like plumbers, electricians, fitters,) 2. The building of small factories in the rural areas (to MAKE the goods the Chinese are supplying) 3. Teachers Colleges to make sure people KNOW how to TEACH 4. Nurses Training Colleges 5. Follow the "Singapore" model of education - educate those in the army as well. 6. Ensure that Telkom's iron grip on the Internet and phone system is broken, so that EVERYBODY has access to HIGH SPEED internet - they are bringing in laws in the USA now to stop Internet Service Providers from restricting bandwidth. 7. Reduce the cost of the Internet - we are paying FIVE TIMES more than the USA or UK! 8. Build small "Kibbutz" settlements on the West Coast, and start canals from the sea, with desalinisation plants, and plant something called "SALICORNIA" - this can be used for oils for the skin, flour, it is edible, JET FUEL....then they can plant BAMBOO..which can be used for flooring, housing, making clothing (YES - socks at Woolworths use that) We NEED to develop an INNOVATIVE mindset and REWARD people for that. THAT is what JULIUS should be encouraged to do...his marching for land does NOTHING for jobs.

  • chris.heyde1 - 2011-10-23 23:43

    This is really pissing me off seriously. Not only do I have to suffer the indignation of my taxes going for nonsense like ministerial cars, hotel sleepovers, NYDA youth millions, Zuma's wifes, corrpution, BUT now I have to pay the monthly salaries of Mozambiquan, Zimbabwean, Swazi and Lesotho citizens via grants! Can anyone still be so stupid as voting for the ANC?

      Snoopy.zn - 2011-10-24 10:45

      Chris it boils my blood as well. There are months where we have to cut back on our household budget as we simply cant afford certain things, yet our excessive tax contributions arn't even for our own People. How much more screwed up is our Government. Cant they see the problem? And why are our South Africans so SCARED of SPEAKING OUT and DEMANDING ANSWERS?

  • Mpho - 2011-10-24 00:44

    this just makes me sick!!!!

  • Zion - 2011-10-24 06:12

    Action should be taken against the relevant state departments. Surely there mustbe some checks built into the system to prevent this type of corruption taking place.

  • keketsop - 2011-10-24 06:25

    It is suprising that SASSA does not put the stop to this nonsense. You ask yourself that what is SASSA'S ICT department doing to stop this fraud. They are supposed to leverage ICT systems that will early detect anomalies and inconsistencies in their systems. That will help help them to act quickly and stop the rot in their processes. It also clearly shows that SASS's processes lack tight security checking.

  • braamc - 2011-10-24 06:40

    Mpumalanga and Limpopo, why is it not a surprise. Born criminals

  • Bokfan - 2011-10-24 08:19

    Traditional leaders are at the bottom of this. These people with 0 standing in a democracy get paid huge sums to carry out no worthwhile duties and contribute nothing to society. Stop the rot by chuc king out the greedy chiefs.

  • badballie - 2011-10-24 11:20

    this is just an extension of the ANC's initial policy of bringing in as many illegal aliens as possible to ensure a majority vote in their favour every election.

  • Janette - 2011-10-24 12:50

    As a honest Tax payer, once again ..............so few to support so many. when will it end, and my own children can not get jobs because they are white, but I now pay for people who dont even live here or contribute a cent....

  • Denzil - 2011-10-26 23:30

    http://www.upiu.com/politics/2011/10/25/King-to-lose-his-throne/UPIU-6541319519013/

  • Harald - 2011-11-24 07:39

    Chickens comming home to roost... why are they the last to know. What did they think would happen when they let millions cross our boarders... Now they have to fix what wasn't broken in the first place!!

  • Makes Vdwatt - 2013-03-26 18:10

    this is why you have xenophobia,you need to close our borders,some of these foreigners have become parasites,feeding off our goodwill,and our patience is running out.

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