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IFP: Minister Dlamini has too much control over Sassa

The IPF believes that an independent board is necessary to control the appointment of executives at the Social Security Agency and to exercise fiduciary responsibilities.

FILE: Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) plans to propose amendments to the Social Security Agency Act within the next two months, to make provision for an independent board.

The party's Liezl van der Merwe says that the Social Development Minister currently has too much power over the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).

She says this has led to the protracted private contract to pay social grants and is also the reason former chief executive Thokozani Magwaza was forced out of the organisation.

The IPF believes that an independent board is necessary to control the appointment of executives at the Social Security Agency and to exercise fiduciary responsibilities.

MP Liezl van der Merwe says that many of the problems experienced at Sassa is because Minister Bathabile Dlamini has too much influence.

"It cannot be that she wakes up one morning and that she's had a fallout with the CEO and suddenly the CEO is gone."

Van der Merwe is proposing an agency board comprising academics, civil society organisations and activists.

"I don't think an entity that controls billions of taxpayers' money should be controlled by a minister alone."

The amendments are currently being drafted by parliamentary legal advisors, while Van der Merwe lobbies for the support of other opposition parties.

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