‘Social grant fraud’: DA councillor in court

2013-11-08 08:09

A 61-year-old DA councillor in the City of Cape Town has appeared in the Bellville Magistrates’ Court on charges of defrauding the social grant system.

Michael Toko was accused of drawing an old age pension even though he earns about R30 000 a month as a full-time councillor, The Times reported.

Government regulations stipulate those applying for the old age pension of R1 270 should not earn more than R49 200 a year.

Toko also has a travel and a cellphone allowance.

He was arrested on Wednesday night.

The DA said it would only comment after it had done its “own investigation”.

The ANC had called for Toko’s head, saying fraud was robbing the poor of “bread from their mouths”.

Cape Town council speaker Dirk Smit of the DA said Toko could face disciplinary action pending the outcome of the investigation.

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