South African civil rights organisation AfriForum has demands disciplinary action against the hundreds of thousands of public servants who have allegedly wrongfully received grants from the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA).

Afriforum demanded in a statment on Monday that the government take stern action against any public servants who have been found to have wrongfully received welfare grants.

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is currently investigating 177 000 public servants who receive welfare grants, and according to Lindiwe Zulu, the Minister of Social Development, the government will recover the stolen money.

“The minister should not announce that the money will be recovered, it should have already been recovered.  AfriForum also demands evidence to see that the money has been collected and we want to know exactly what steps will be taken against these rogue public servants,” said Jacques Broodryk, AfriForum’s campaigns manager.

It is estimated that in July alone, about R200 million was paid in grants to thousands of public servants.

Zulu has also indicated that the public servants will have to prove that they are entitled to receive any SASSA welfare grants in the future. 

“The minister’s comments only show how incompetent she and her staff are. One would think that it is standard procedure to prove that you are entitled to taxpayers’ money, before it is simply paid to you. Once again, the ANC government is showing us that it is time for a tax protest,” Broodryk said.

SASSA is responsible for administering social grants, such as old age pensions, child support grants and disability grants, to millions of South African citizens every month, and more recently has dispersed the R350 social relief of distress grant to help people who are facing extreme financial hardship due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Millions of South Africans have applied to receive the special monthly grant.

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