DURBAN, September 21 – Four people have appeared in the Durban Special Commercial Crime Court facing charges of fraud and corruption related to South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) beneficiaries.
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said the four accused are Mduduzi Makhaye, 32, Bongani Magutshwa, 33, Nonhlanhla Mpisane, 36, and Thulasizwe Ngidi, 29.
According to Mhlongo, the four were arrested by Hawks members from Durban’s Anti-Corruption Task Team following an intensive investigation on fraud and corruption activities at Umnini SASSA Service Centre.
“Hawks members, together with SASSA internal investigation team, swooped at the Umnini Service Centre on Friday, 15 September 2017, and a search was conducted. Fraudulent identity documents, birth certificates and SASSA cards were found in the accused’s possession.
“Mduduzi Makhaye, who is a SASSA office manager, allegedly colluded with Mpisane and Ngidi in illegally processing social grant applications using fraudulent documents. Magutshwa, who is a Cash Pay Master Service official, allegedly processed SASSA cards for illegal beneficiaries.”
They appeared on the same day and were all granted R2,000 bail. Their case was postponed to November 30.
– African News Agency (ANA)