Sassa officials grilled over R1bn in irregular expenditure

The agency posted a 1000% increase in irregular expenditure compared to the previous financial year.

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CAPE TOWN - Social Security Agency officials have been grilled during a briefing with Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts over the organisation's R1 billion in irregular expenditure in the 2015/2016 financial year.

The agency posted a 1000% increase in irregular expenditure compared to the previous financial year's R93 million.

Sassa officials had to face some tough questions from Members of Parliament (MPs) over irregular expenditure, including six month contracts with seven security companies, which amounted to R414 million that had been repeatedly renewed.

Sassa's former CFO Clifford Appel has blamed faults with the tender advertisement process as the reason why the payments were classified as irregular.

But he was quickly stumped by MP Timothy Brauteseth, who asked why it has taken the agency four years to resolve the matter.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)