Sassa officials arrested
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.