MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP Shocked by R100m Fraud At SASSA

09 April 2014.

  

The IFP calls on SASSA (the South Africa Social Security Agency) to speed up its investigation into the 15 SASSA officials from Mpumalanga who allegedly defrauded the agency of more than R100m. 

 

Even though cases of fraud like this are common at SASSA, this is shocking! Corruption in this country is a crisis that needs to be urgently dealt with, and the ANC government is failing dismally to do so. 

 

SASSA has been defrauded a number of times by its officials, but it seems nothing effective has been done to reduce fraud at the agency. Taxpayers’ money is stolen at SASSA by its officials; this shows security measures to prevent corruption and fraud at SASSA are weak, if they exist at all. The agency needs to establish and implement strict measures to prevent fraud.

 

The IFP calls on SASSA and the Department of Social Development to present their strategy for fighting fraud and corruption at SASSA. 

 

After SASSA has completed the disciplinary hearing of the Mpumalanga officials, we expect those involved in fraud to be arrested and to face the full might of the law. They must serve time in jail. SASSA must recover all taxpayers’ money stolen by its officials. 

 

Millions of Rands of taxpayers’ money has been eaten by greedy, corrupt individuals who do not care about the ordinary citizens who depend on this money for their survival.

 

 

Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Social Development, Ms Helen Makhuba MP, 073 268 3063

 

For media enquiries contact: 

IFP Parliamentary Caucus’ Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252