Sassa loses R282 million to fraud over the past 5 years

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Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu.
Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu.
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The controversy: Over the past five years, more than R282 million has been looted from the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) - the entity responsible for distributing social grants to more than 16 million South Africans.

How we know: EFF MP Laetitia Arries asked Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu in a parliamentary question how many Sassa officials have been suspended or fired for defrauding the institution over the past years, how much money Sassa lost through fraud and what measures were in place to prevent fraud.

The answer: "A grand total of 258 cases were recorded in the last five years in all regions [provinces]," read Zulu's answer. Of these 258 cases, only 76 officials had been fired. Altogether, 156 were placed on precautionary suspensions and 26 were suspended without pay.

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