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SASSA to Tackle Grant Fraudsters

The Department of Social Development says the names of bogus grant beneficiaries will be handed over to the fraud unit of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, said this will happen after the department has completed the overhauling of its social grant database.

Dlamini confirmed what Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, assenting the National Budget 2014/15 that more than a million ‘invalid beneficiaries’ have been removed from the grant system.

Govt Uncovers Grant Scam

Legal action is being considered against Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) over an alleged scam, declared Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini.
 
Dlamini states that, "We are going to meet the lawyers and see what other possible means we can use to ensure that we move forward."
 
CPS was allegedly deducting money from grant beneficiaries illegally. The legal action included possibly terminating the multi-billion rand grants distribution contract.
 

​Police Arrest Man With 36 SASSA Cards

Police seized 36 pension cards and an undisclosed sum of money from a 25-year-old man during a sting operation in Durban.

Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel, Shooz Magudulela, says the Umlazi K9 Unit received information about ‘fraudulent activities’ at a service station in Amanzimtoti‚ south of the city.

The team found the man at an ATM‚ withdrawing cash‚ with 36 South African Social Security Agency cards in his possession‚ with pin codes written on them.

Donors, Funding Agencies, Suspend Aid to Mozambique

The group of 14 donors and funding agencies who provide direct support to the Mozambican budget have decided to suspend that financial aid, in response to last month's revelations about over a billion dollars’ worth of undisclosed, government guaranteed loans.
 
The loans are to Proindicus (US$622 million) - a company set up to provide security for offshore oil and gas operations and for shipping in the Mozambique Channel - and to Mozambique Asset Management (US$535 million dollars), the latter is intended to provide maritime repairs and maintenance.
 

SASSA Fraud Starts in the Western Cape

The ongoing fraud involving social grants by ‘syndicates’, which has left many South African State Security Agency (SASSA) beneficiaries angry and insecure, appears to originate from the Western Cape.

This is according to SASSA service provider, Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), after it launched an intensive internal investigation following numerous complaints from beneficiaries about unauthorised deductions from their social grant payments.

SA Deals with Fake Qualifications

Phumla Williams, acting cabinet spokesperson, states that, South Africans are not lying about their qualifications in greater numbers, but rather‚ the private and public sectors should be commended for dealing with fake qualifications.
 
In a statement, Williams assets that, the increase in the number of companies and government departments ensuring the verification of academic and professional qualifications of prospective employees‚ as reported by quality assurance body Umalusi‚ was an indication that South Africa is moving towards clean governance.
 

ISS Denies Partnering With AYU

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has issued a warning about the African Youth Union (AYU), an organisation that claims to have partnered with it to host the ‘03rd Annual Summit’.

The ISS says that it is not involved with the AYU in any manner, which is distributing e-mail invitations to this effect.

It is urging people who encounter any correspondence from the AYU to notify Sarah Malefo on smalefo@issafrica.org.

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