SASSA official charged with R4m fraud for using fake Matric certificate to apply for job


A South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) official charged with R4 million fraud was released out on bail of R3000 following an appearance in the Nelspruit Magistrate Court on Monday. 

The official was arrested by members of the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation in Mpumalanga on Friday, 26 February for committing fraud.

“It is alleged that in 2006, there was an advertised post for team leader administration in the department of SASSA. In applying [for] the said position, the suspect submitted a fraudulent matric certificate which was one of the requirements for that job. As a result, the suspect was employed and appointed as a team leader administration at SASSA, Volkrust Mpumalanga,” the Hawks say.

The fraudulent certificate was discovered while SASSA was being vetted and the education department was verifying qualifications.

“The matter was reported to the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation Nelspruit during December 2020 and investigation revealed that the suspect prejudiced the government over R4 million in salary between 2006 and 2020,” the Hawks reports.

The case has since been postponed to 26 March.