Sassa: social grant fraudster found guilty

2010-07-02 00:00

THE South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) yesterday welcomed the criminal fraud conviction and sentence imposed on a former employee, Ntandoyenkosi Prudence Buthelezi (29), who was dismissed from the Pongola branch last month following an internal inquiry.

A spokesperson for the department said Buthelezi was found to have defrauded the department of R2 300 by substituting her account details for the those of an applicant for a social grant.

He said Buthelezi was sentenced in Pongola Magistrate’s Court to a fine of R10 000 or 12 months’ imprisonment, which was conditionally suspended for three years.

Sassa chief executive officer Coceko Pakade said the conviction and sentence will “send a clear message to those who are still within Sassa, who are planning to steal or defraud money that is intended for the poor”.

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