Sassa Recovers Millions From Undeserving Grant Beneficiaries

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Last year the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) suspended 177 108 grants being received by public servants. It was suspected that these public servants did not qualify for the relief they were receiving.

 


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Sassa undertook a full review process to investigate whether public servants were deserving of the grants they were receiving.

As of 18 April 2022, Sassa found that 63 212 have been found to qualify for the grant after they completed the review process. In addition to this, 3 268 have been found not to qualify for the grant after they completed the review process.

It was also revealed that Sassa has recovered R12.6 million from public servants who were found to be undeserving of a grant.

The grant review process was still ongoing for 98 817 beneficiaries.

Sassa spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi explained that government employees could qualify for certain grants based on their circumstances and whether they pass Sassa’s means test.

Letsatsi said that it is Sassa’s responsibility to flag a beneficiary of a grant with the government department or entity they work for and allow that department to make a decision on the matter.

He adds that they will file reports with law enforcement agencies to be investigated and if need be, arrest and prosecution should follow.

We can't go and distract the police that they must arrest you we can give them an information and following their processes then they'll be able to implement the arrest we can also go and tell government departments that we are instructing you as so that you must expel this person the only thing that we can do is to identify that you are getting a government grant illegally and we have this information and we can then give it to that relevant authority - Paseka Letsatsi

“There are those people who will attempt to defraud whatever system, especially where there is money involved. We will definitely have people who will try their luck to make sure that  they defraud the state, they defraud whatever financial institution, however, it is our responsibility as an organisation to make sure that we pick them up and a an appropriate action is taken” concluded Letsatsi.

 

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