Godi: Magwaza predicted his departure from Sassa

Scopa chairperson Themba Godi says that Thokozani Magwaza felt he didn’t have the support of Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

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

JOHANNESBURG – Chairperson of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts Themba Godi says Thokozani Magwaza predicted his departure from South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) before his contract was terminated.

The Social Development Department released a statement on Monday, saying it was a mutual agreement for Magwaza to step down as CEO of the social security agency.

Godi says that Magwaza felt he didn’t have the support of Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

It emerged last week that Magwaza received death threats after he cancelled multi-million rand work streams implemented by Dlamini.

Godi says that he’s concerned about the threats made by people to force a certain political agenda.

“We do not want a situation where officials are under siege from criminals who force them to flout the law in order to get what they want.

“If we have that, then we have a banana republic and certainly that’s not what we fought for as a country.”