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Sassa probes death threats against CEO Thokozani Magwaza

Magwaza is due to testify against Minister Bathabile Dlamini in a public inquiry into her role in the Sassa payment scandal.

FILE: Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza. Picture: Twitter/@OfficialSASSA.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) says it's investigating the authenticity of alleged death threats made against its CEO Thokozani Magwaza.

The Daily Maverick is reporting that Magwaza's cancellation of R47 million in workstreams contracts set up by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini may have put him in a difficult position.

He is due to testify against the minister in a public inquiry into her role in the Sassa payment scandal.

It’s also understood that he's being pressured to accept an exit package and information has emerged that his life may be under threat.

Sassa's Paseka Letsatsi says they're aware of the news article and will be investigating.

“We will be investigating the authenticity of those particular allegations and once we’ve determined whether those allegations are true, we will be able to take the necessary steps to make sure the situation is under control.”

The workstreams which reported directly to Dlamini have cost the agency millions, but failed to assist Sassa in meeting a Constitutional Court deadline in March to take over the payment of grants.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)