One of 16 accused in social grant fraud syndicate pleads guilty to corruption

Nosipho Majola has told the court she will be entering a plea and sentencing agreement with the State.

Picture: ‏@OfficialSASSA.

CAPE TOWN - One of the 16 people accused of running a social grant fraud syndicate has pleaded guilty to corruption.

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) says the broader fraud network has cost it about R35 million.

Nosipho Majola appeared in the Bellville Magistrates Court this afternoon.

Majola has told the court she will be entering a plea and sentencing agreement with the State.

The agreement suspends a six year prison sentence.

She will also be expected to testify against another accused, believed to be a more senior member of the syndicate.

In total, 16 people were arrested in various parts of the country less than a month ago.

Illegal activities were first reported in November 2014.