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Sassa sets wheels in motion to find new CEO

Former head Thokozani Magwaza left the agency under a cloud in July after his contract was terminated.

Former Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza. Picture: @OfficialSASSA/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has set the ball rolling to find a new chief executive officer.

Former head Thokozani Magwaza left the agency under a cloud in July after his contract was terminated.

Magwaza had clashed with Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini over several issues related to the take over of the grant payment system from an external service provider.

On Wednesday, Parliament heard that the organisation is hugely understaffed and doesn't have the capacity to become a fully-fledged grant payment agency.

Interim Sassa chief executive Pearl Bhengu has told Parliament's Social Development Committee that Dlamini had approved an advertisement for a new chief executive.

But she says the agency's staffing structure will have to be reviewed if it is to take over the payment of grants.

It's currently operating on a 52% vacancy rate, with more than 10,000 vacancies in the agency.

Committee chairperson Rosemary Capa said she was concerned by the high turnover of staff.

Sassa says it's on track to submit a progress report to the Constitutional Court by Friday on the take over of grant payments.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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