Godi: There’s an orchestrated plan to remove Magwaza from post

Scopa says that Thokozani Magwaza did the right thing by cancelling the work streams after Treasury found their appointment two years ago to have been irregular.

FILE: Former Scopa chairperson Themba Godi. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN – Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has condemned alleged death threats against the chief executive of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), Thokozani Magwaza.

It emerged on Friday that Sassa is probing the authenticity of the threats.

It’s suspected that his decision to cancel the controversial work streams set up by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, has put Magwaza in a tight spot.

Scopa says that Magwaza did the right thing by cancelling the work streams after Treasury found their appointment two years ago to have been irregular.

The work streams were working on processes to help Sassa take over the payment of grants.

Scopa chairperson Themba Godi says he believes there’s an orchestrated campaign to remove Magwaza from his job.

Godi says he spoke to Magwaza on Sunday night to discuss the alleged death threats and the finalisation of a contract with the Post Office to replace controversial service provider, Cash Paymaster Services.

Godi says he’s “shocked” and “angry” that Magwaza is being intimidated out of his job, in a way to delay a partnership with the Post Office.

He’s appealed to Magwaza to remain steadfast and has pledged the committee’s support.