Woman who worked for Sassa for 20 years with fake matric, found guilty of fraud

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A former Sassa worker has been found guilty of fraud.
A former Sassa worker has been found guilty of fraud.
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A former South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) employee has been found guilty of fraud after working at the agency for nearly 20 years with a fake matric certificate.  

Alinah Nkonyana, 62, was found guilty in the Middelburg Commercial Crimes Court in Mpumalanga after she was charged with fraud and uttering. She pleaded not guilty to both charges. 

Nkonyana applied for a position at a Sassa office with a fraudulent matric certificate. She then earned more than R4 million during the nearly 20 years she worked there. 

"In 2020, a whistleblower reported information to the department, and an audit was conducted where Nkonyana was required to submit an original certificate, but she failed to do so. This resulted in her arrest and conviction," said NPA spokesperson Monica Nyuswa.

READ | Sassa official in court for allegedly using fake matric certificate to get job, pocketing R4m

During her trial, a Department of Education official testified that Nkonyana had not passed matric. 

She will be back in court on 12 November for sentencing. 

In August, News24 reported that six women in the Free State were arrested for fraudulently using prescription letters to apply for social grants. 

Sassa has vowed to take action against employees who defraud the system, after it discovered that government employees were among those who had applied for the R350 social relief grant. 


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