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WC social development welcomes conviction of Sassa employees

Judgment was handed down in the Bellville Commercial Crimes Court yesterday.

FILE: For years, beneficiaries of Sassa have been affected by unlawful deductions from their payouts. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Social Development has welcomed the fraud convictions of five former the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) employees.

Judgment was handed down in the Bellville Commercial Crimes Court yesterday.

Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says the convictions should send a strong message to those who commit social grant fraud within or outside the system.

For years, beneficiaries of Sassa have been affected by unlawful deductions from their pay-outs.

These include deductions for water, electricity, airtime and funeral policies.

Fritz has once again urged Sassa to improve its systems and clean up its administration.

The department has assisted Sassa with more than 600 cases of fraud since 2010.

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