Former Sassa officials sentenced for defrauding the agency of R 1,2million

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Former Sassa officials have been sentenced to combined 18 years in prison for defrauding the agency of R 1,2million for over five years.

Nombuso Lynette Dlamini (44) and Siyasanga Gqamane (31) were sentenced by the Mbizana Regional Court on Friday, 31 July 2020 after being nabbed by the Hawks.

The Hawks investigation revealed that Dlamini and her accomplice Gqamane created, captured and approved fictitious social grants using other unsuspecting people’s identity documents and continued with their criminal act from 2006 to 2011.

Dlamini was the administration clerk at the South African Social Service Agency (SASSA) at the time.

The Eastern Cape police official said that the said convicts also opened bank accounts using the ID numbers and the fictitious names used when capturing the applications.

“The social grant were then deposited into those accounts. Their fraudulent activities were uncovered in 2011 and upon their arrest, multiple bank cards were found in their possession” said the police.

Nombuso Dlamini was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, of which 2 years was suspended for 5 years with stringent conditions. Meanwhile, Gqamane was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment, of which 2 years was suspended for 5 years with stringent conditions.

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