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Lindiwe Zulu defends R350 grant payments blunder, says investigation into fraudulent accounts ongoing

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Social Development, Minister Lindiwe Zulu.
Social Development, Minister Lindiwe Zulu.
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Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says a costly payments blunder which saw company directors receiving the R350 Covid-19 relief grant, was due to government's grants payments agency not having access to databases used by auditors.

In December last year, Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke revealed that investigations into grant payments by the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa), found that 1 513 grant beneficiaries were company directors who scored government contracts on top of receiving the R350.

In a written parliamentary question, IFP MP Liesl van der Merwe asked Zulu what steps her department had taken since Maluleke's announcement.

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