Sassa officials arrested for fraudulently registering beneficiaries who do not qualify

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A case against 23 former Sassa has been postponed to September 4th.

The group made a brief appearance at Nelspruit Regional Court on Monday after being arrested by the Hawks for falsifying Sassa disability grants applications.

“It is alleged that in April 2016, the Sassa officials approached and recruited individuals to submit their identity documents for Sassa grants.”

Hawks also say the group took documents from the said group of people they recruited and registered the individuals for monthly disability grants which they did not qualify for.

They would then withdraw the money allocated to each of the beneficiaries and pay their recruits only a portion whilst keeping the rest of the money for themselves.

The case is postponed to 04 September 2020 for the accused to appoint legal representatives.

Meanwhile, three suspects Matholeni Sydwell Masilela (40), Brian Mfundo Masina (28) and Moses Khumalo (36) were remanded in custody for allegedly conspiring to steal monies by hacking into the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) system, they are due to appear to again on August 7.

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