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SASSA CEO misrepresents R20 million on obviously offbeat KZN campaigns

South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has been denounced for deriding, supply chain management procedures, purportedly for R20 million to back social grants campaign in KwaZulu Natal.

The “expediently” exchange was obviously bolstered while South African Post Office (SAPO) was in the last stage to consent to an arrangement with SASSA to distribute social grants.

DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Social Development Lindy Wilson declared SASSA CEO Pearl Bhengu got the R20 million request on December 4 and hastily avowed it the following day.

The arrangement amongst SASSA and SAPO was just fixed on December 10.

As showed by documentation seen by DA, said Wilson, Bhengu, supported an interest for R20 million for 5 crusades in KZN.

Wilson said the documentation do not specify any organisation which will administer campaigns.

She said there are no organised statements joined or any delicate numbers showed,” said Wilson.

“The DA is of the conviction that these occasions are over the top as well as question why SASSA can have mindfulness occasions when the agreement amongst SASSA and the South African Post Office (SAPO) was not yet finished at the time. We likewise have motivation to trust that Bhengu and Acting SASSA General Manager, Armstrong Malope, have conceivably flouted supply chain management procedures,  ,” said Wilson.

Wilson said reality is by all accounts that the campaigns are simply a smokescreen to expand Minister Bathabile Dlamini’s support organises in KZN.

The occasions were booked as takes after: EMakhosini on December 12, 2017; KwaMashu 14 December 14, 2017; Jozini 18 December 18, 2017; Melmoth on December 22, 2017; and Matshensikazi on December23 2017.

The DA has kept in touch with Bhengu to ask for a prompt cancelation of the 3 occasions still to happen and for point by point data on the accompanying:


  • A nitty gritty on the supply chain procedures and a clarification of the genuine expectations behind the occasions.


  • The full rundown of contractual workers who got installments.


  • Answers in the matter of why the occasions were affirmed 5 days before a new payment system were announced? What’s more, why these occasions are selective to KZN?

The DA will likewise investigate conceivable charges against Bhengu and Malope for apparently flouting supply chain management procedures.

“The way that Bhengu hurriedly endorsed these occasions demonstrate that she won’t not be appropriate for her position as Acting SASSA CEO.R20 million is a shocking figure and could back more than 52 000 child grants,” said Wilson

She added that under Bhengu’s and Dlamini’s initiative, SASSA fizzled and postponed institutionalising the payment of social grants and indeed jeopardized  livelihoods of 17 million vulnerable South Africans

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