Sassa officials struggle to answer questions on irregular expenditure

They appeared before Parliament's standing committee on public accounts on Wednesday.

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CAPE TOWN - South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) officials have struggled to answer questions into the organisation's R1.1 billion in irregular expenditure.

They appeared before Parliament's standing committee on public accounts on Wednesday.

Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza says the R233 million for irregular office leases are connected to convicted fraudster and former Northern Cape African National Congress (ANC) chairperson John Block.

“The Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has to deal with this case with Sassa.”

Unable to explain the irregular expenditure of R414 million on physical security, committee member Timothy Brauteseth took a swipe at Sassa's CFO.

“I’m going to ask you one other question. Can we have your written resignation today?”

Hawks Head Berning Ntlemeza also attended the meeting to decide whether a criminal case needs to be pursued in any of the matters in question.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)