Cape Times

Thousands of civil servants pocketed social grants

- MAYIBONGWE MAQHINA mayibongwe.maqhina@inl.co.za

MORE than 150 000 civil servants have been pocketing social grants, including during the 2022-2023 financial year.

This was revealed by Social Developmen­t Minister Lindiwe Zulu in response to questions from IFP MP Liezl van der Merwe about the number of people who continued to receive monthly grants from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) in the 202223 financial year.

Van der Merwe also asked about the breakdown of the monies that have been lost by Sassa during the same period, and the number of government employees who received the social grants during the same period.

In her response, Zulu said a total of 60 068 civil servants have received social grants since 2023.

There were 52 655 people who pocketed older person grants, 3 579 who pocketed disability grants, 3 773 child support grants and 61 care dependency grants during the same period.

“The beneficiar­ies were identified through the auditor-general’s audit process and they were subjected to a review process by Sassa. It was found that some of the employees receive social grants on behalf of someone in their care,” Zulu said.

All social grants, with the exception of foster child grants issued by the court, were means-tested for eligibilit­y, she added.

“If a government employee decides to foster a child, (they) can apply for the foster child grant and the court grants the foster-care placing, the employee will be eligible for the foster-care grant.

“It is also important for the honourable member to note that some categories of government employees, such as those recruited through the Expanded Public Works Programme and internship programmes, are most of the groups appearing on the government’s database.”

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