Sassa boss slams corruption claims

Virginia Petersen says allegations against her are an attack on her integrity.

Sassa CEO Virginia Petersen. Picture: Sassa.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) boss Virginia Petersen has described her alleged involvement in a 'jobs for pals scandal' as "an attack on her integrity".

The _Sunday Times _is reporting that Petersen allegedly appointed and increased the salary of an intern said to be a close family friend.

The paper further alleges that she secured a job for the sister of another close friend, former Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool despite her not having the necessary qualifications.

Petersen says discussions will now be held with senior officials.

"I think there are obviously serious attempts to discredit my integrity. I don't think I want to pursue this matter, I think there will be processes in order to deal with it."

She says discussions with internal senior bosses will be held, but declined to comment on the allegations.

"It will have to be discussed with the minister and we will inform the public if decisions are made as to what will transpire to deal with the internal matter."