Sassa of­fi­cials ar­rested

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FIVE Sassa em­ploy­ees and a med­i­cal doc­tor im­pli­cated in de­fraud­ing the gov­ern­ment of R25m have been ar­rested in north­ern KwaZulu-Na­tal.

The six are be­lieved to have been part of a syn­di­cate op­er­at­ing in the Em­pan­geni and Ng­welezane ar­eas.

They were ar­rested by the Hawks se­ri­ous cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tions unit which is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter along­side the depart­ment of so­cial devel­op­ment.

This fol­low­ing the June 2008 mur­der of Ng­welezane service of­fice man­ager Them­binkosi Dlamini, who was gunned down in his of­fice for in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions of fraud and cor­rup­tion at the Lower Um­folozi Sassa of­fices.

The depart­ment said the sus­pects ar­rested have been linked to the mur­der of Dlamini.

Af­ter years of in­ves­ti­gat­ing and root­ing out cor­rup­tion at the Um­folozi of­fice, MEC Weziwe Thusi ap­plauded the Hawks for “a job well done”.

“They have in­deed shown us that the arm of the law is very long. I think Dlamini’s fam­ily will be sat­is­fied that all those re­spon­si­ble for his death will fi­nally pay for their crime.

“These ar­rests will also serve as a de­ter­rent to other of­fi­cials by show­ing them that it doesn’t mat­ter how long you evade accountability, the law will even­tu­ally catch up with you.”

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion which has spanned a num­ber of years, in March 2016 brought the Lower Um­folozi Sassa of­fices to a stand­still when 35 mem­bers of staff were sus­pended for al­legedly steal­ing R19m a year of fos­ter care grant funds.

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