De Lille orders grant audit

2010-12-02 16:04

Cape Town - Western Cape Social Development MEC Patricia de Lille has ordered a forensic audit into the emergency relief grant (ERG) after discovering "a litany of errors" by the department.

De Lille made the decision after it was discovered that no proper verification was done and that social worker managers did not sign off on any assessment forms filled in by social workers, she said at a press conference in Cape Town on Thursday.

"I am now going to do a forensic audit on the emergency relief grant processes for the past two financial years, and I would like to encourage the other MECs to do the same."

De Lille said she had "temporarily delayed" payment to the grant's 3 009 beneficiaries.

About R6.3m is available in the ERG account which is held with the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). Each beneficiary should receive two payments of R1 080, one in December and one in January.

Quality check

"Regional managers at social development did not do a quality check to ensure that the social worker managers had signed the forms off, or for accuracy," De Lille said.

"As the (provincial) minister of social development I then needed to get outside help to do the verification, before which I was not prepared to put my signature to the submission form, or to instruct Sassa to go ahead with the payments."

The initial verification process uncovered five beneficiaries whose names had appeared on the Western Cape provincial government's payroll during the course of this year, five incorrect identity numbers and two identity numbers consisting of only 12, instead of 13 digits.

"I want to say to the genuine beneficiaries who desperately need the money - these people that think they can steal from the poor will be tracked down and punished," De Lille said.

"We are also going to discipline the department employees who haven’t done their jobs properly, because poor people are suffering because of them."

  • DeonL - 2010-12-02 16:17

    Too many people in SA get grants, especialy disability grants. It should be reconsidered and stopped if you have a chronic but controlable disease like Hypertension, Hiv, Epilepsy and Psychiatric disease.

      Petrus - 2010-12-03 13:18

      Iam a Forensic investigator and investigated these grants in Zulu land...its scary to see how many Mil. goes down on corrupt payments!!!!!

  • Koosie - 2010-12-02 16:56

    De-Lille you sold the colored people for nothing,the DA wanted you desperatley to front with you when they are busy protecting priviledges of the minority

      AnneB - 2010-12-02 17:17

      How can you say that? Patricia de Lille has not sold out. By preventing people who work in the department from illegally receiving emergency grants that should be going to people who desperately need it, is not selling out. She is doing her job properly. Niemand het ooit op Patricia se kop gesit nie and it's not going to start now.

      Logic_Bomb - 2010-12-03 09:12

      Koosie is die domste drol, koebaai!

      Ryanhaydn - 2010-12-20 16:52

      Koosie, Koosie please stick to the topic. Patricia De Lille has shown in a very short time that she is ontop of things in her department. This has nothing to do with the DA or coloured people. If you can recall she was the one to have the arms deal probed. Did the colour of people feature, NO. Give credit where credit is due. Corrupt government officials stealing from the poor must be stopped and the forensic audit is the first step in identifying the culprits. Koosie, remember, poor knows no colour. Could I suggest that you read the article again and if it is still unclear to you, read the other comments to get the BIG picture.

  • Thembeka - 2010-12-02 17:02

    I feel the whole system has loop wholes, cause some people get grants unnecessarily especially the teens who go and get themselves pregnant only to get a grant at the end of the month, to me that is not acceptable, then you find that a granny has passed away but one of the family members still goes to collect the late person's grant, I've seen it happen and we the tax payers who work hard for our money keep getting taxed more and more only for our monies to be misused and recklessly

      AnneB - 2010-12-02 17:21

      You're quite right Thembeka. There are grannies out there who are struggling to get old age pensions because the paperwork gets lost and then you have teenagers sitting at the shebeen drinking out the money they received in grants. It's a debate we've had before. People suggested food vouchers instead of cash - but you will always find somebody who will break the rules for a "commission".

  • LBS - 2010-12-02 18:56

    De Lille and Zille are formidable team of ladies who are quietly and sometimes not so quietly, tackling laziness and corruption that has become endemic under ANC rule. They are working for improved lives for all - the Western Cape proves this - whereas the rest of the country is crumbling by the day. What's up with people is this country who think that anyone tackling crime in whatever form it takes, or doing well in their chosen field, are sell outs and should be removed? These 2 ladies have more leadership and integrity in their little fingers, than the whole ANC leadership combined! Some of us hate the fact that SA is being destroyed by misrule and corruption. Just wait until the Chinese show their true colours and intentions. You'll think back on this team with great affection! ;) Psst Koosie - the YT has to work bloody hard to enjoy the 'privilege' you refer to ...

      Koosie - 2010-12-02 19:39

      Come on,during apartheid there was nothing like hard work for the YT you are referering to.I was part of the benefitiaries.Don,t lie I know it first hand.

      LBS - 2010-12-02 19:53

      You speak for yourself only Koosie - were you 'connected'?

  • Bosj - 2010-12-03 07:36

    Mam, I think you should also do yearly spo checks as well.

  • - 2011-01-31 17:53

    again anc fails

  • onetickie - 2011-02-16 21:15

    Bring it on Patricia de Lille & Helen Zille. "MY" humble opinion is that thanks to the ANC government, SA is no longer on the brink but well over the brink of disaster and chaos. Nothing short of a miracle will get it back on track.

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