Media Release | For Immediate Release
23 February 2021
SASSA, DSD AND HAWKS COLLABORATION NABS ALLEDGED DISABILITY GRANTS FRAUDSTERS
A successful collaboration between the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), the Department of Social Development and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) saw at least 03 SASSA officials as well as 11 beneficiaries arrested for trying to defraud SASSA Disability Grants in Tzaneen local area, Limpopo, yesterday.
It is alleged that beneficiaries were paying R3500 to SASSA officials who in turn captured their personal and banking details as qualifying beneficiaries without any medical information/ report from a medical officer confirming their disability status. "We at SASSA have zero tolerance to fraud and corruption.
We are currently working to eliminate fraud and corruption linked to disability grants", says Zodwa Mvulane, SASSA Limpopo Regional Executive Manager. At the end of December 2020, SASSA suspended a total of 210 778 Temporary Disability Grants nationally, as the extended period for which they were awarded had expired. The cost of continuing to pay these grants for the period from February to December 2020 totalled in excess of R1, 5 billion.
A disability grant may be awarded as either a permanent grant, which may or may not be subject to a medical review after a certain period of time. Permanent disability grants are awarded for conditions which impact on the applicant's ability to work for a period longer than 12 months. A temporary disability is awarded for a period of between 6 and 12 months only. If, on lapsing of the temporary grant, the citizen is still unable to be employed as a result of the disability or medical condition, he/she needs to re-apply for the grant. This re-application requires a new medical assessment, which will confirm whether the condition does warrant a grant.
Issued on behalf of SASSA
For more information contact:
Zwannda Kutama | 076 301 7745
Senior Manager: Communications & Marketing (SASSA Limpopo)