Covid-19 relief: Government squandered R177m on 'damaged, poorly packaged' food parcels - AG

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The AG says the government has wasted millions on "damaged" food parcels.
The AG says the government has wasted millions on "damaged" food parcels.
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The monitoring of food parcel distribution amid the Covid-19 pandemic was deficient in most regions and, on top of that, the government spent R177 million on damaged and poorly packaged parcels.

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) did not consult with the Department of Social Development to ensure an efficient and economical "provisioning process" to maximise the number of beneficiaries able to benefit.

These were just some of the findings of the Auditor-General's (AG) probe into Sassa's Covid-19 spending.

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