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20,000 civil servants guilty of fraud

More than 20,000 public servants have been found to guilty of fraud against the state.

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Over the past seven years, more than 20,000 public servants have been found to guilty of fraud against the state.

Government, through the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), provides social grants to over 15 million beneficiaries.

Efforts have been stepped up to stamp out corruption, but a parliamentary written reply reveals there is a long way to go.

A Democratic Alliance (DA) question to Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, pushed for more information about action taken against more than 25,000 public servants.

Since 2005, they were found guilty of fraud against Sassa by the Special Investigating Unit.

But, what exactly has happened to them remains unclear, despite numerous attempts by Sassa to track the cases.

In a written parliamentary reply, Dlamini said a number of requests for progress were sent to the Public Service and Administration Department, but all were ignored.