Authorities seize assets worth over R2m from Pule Mabe

Mabe and two others stand accused of embezzling funds from Sassa.

Former ANC Youth League treasurer-general Pule Mabe. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Over R2 million in assets have been seized from former African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) treasurer-general Pule Mabe and two others, following allegations of fraud.

Mabe, together with Paseka Letsatsi and Surprise Ramosa stand accused of embezzling funds from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).

It's believed Letsatsi, who was then Sassa spokesperson, acquired funds illegally under the pretence of a community outreach programme.

Officials say the money was then transferred to companies owned by Mabe and Ramosa.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says three large sums of money were transferred between September and November 2008.

NPA spokesperson Nathi Mncube said, "One was to the amount of R627,000, the second was to the amount of R775,000 and the other was R855,000. These invoices were submitted to Sassa for services that were never rendered."