Feb 7, 2023

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Action to be taken against 5,812 government officials over R350 grant fraud, says Lindiwe Zulu

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says an inquiry has been launched to locate more than 5,000government officials To account for those who benefited from the R350 Social Emergency Assistance (SRD) grant.

In response to a written parliamentary question this week, Zulu said her department was working with the police the National Law Enforcement Agency (NPA), the Financial Intelligence Center (FIC) and the Division of Disciplinary Management of the Department of Civil Service and Administration (DPSA) collaborated to resolve 5,812 cases of investigating officials caught for fraud.

A December 2021 report by the Office of the Auditor General found that the government officials had the R350 subsidy amounting to R5.8 million in fraudulently requested and received.

< span> While thousands of officers were caught doing so, a sample of 242 officers was drawn “to learn by identifying challenges and theirresolution”.

She said the investigation of the 242 found that “44 officers were eligible to receive SRD grants because they were employed on a sessional basis, resulting in 198 officers being disciplined and prosecuted.”

“Of the 198 officers, the Department of Public Service reported that 44 were no longer in government service, resulting in 154 disciplinary files being sent to the Department for the Coordination and Supervision of Public Service.” Disciplinary procedures have been passed with provincial and federal departments.”

Zulu said if government officials refuse to sign an acknowledgment of guilt, the Criminal Procedure Act will be invoked.< /p>

Regarding the 5,812 state conditions Served, the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) intends to complete two processes on or before September 31:

  • Handover of files to the Department of Disciplinary Procedures co – order with concerned national and provincial departments; and
  • Criminal cases opened in various provinces.

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