PARLIAMENTARY COMMITEE SAYS SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIAL SECURITY AGENCY RUN BY CRIMINAL GANGS

CAPE TOWN, The Chairperson of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa), Themba Godi, says he is deeply concerned about what is happening at the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) where he says criminal gangs are remotely running the show.

On Wednesday, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini announced the appointment of the regional manager of SASSA in KwaZulu-Natal Province, Pearl Bhengu, as the interim Sassa chief executive officer (CEO).

Bhengu, who was introduced to Sassa staff at its head office Pretoria, replaces former CEO Thokozani Magwaza who left the agency amidst speculation that he had been pushed out following disagreements with Dlamini on the distribution of grants.

Godi told the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) that the changes at the agency were “unsettling”.

I had a long discussion with Magwaza and that’s why I issued a statement on Monday. He was clearly the man at the end of his tethers. He was very frustrated. He was on his own, facing death threats, (with) people pushing him around and all that stuff. People who go to government and get contracts become criminals when they begin to threaten public servants.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK