(Record by Gallo Photography / Sowetan / Tiro Ramatlhatse)
Twelve members had been taken into custody in Limpopo in connection with alleged disability grant fraud and corruption.
The suspects, outmoded 31 to 59, had been arrested in Tzaneen on Monday in a multi-disciplinary takedown operation by the Hawks, police and officials from the South African Social Security Company (Sassa).
“It is alleged that between the duration 2018 and 2019 the Sassa officials colluded with an middleman to recruit non-certified [sic] members in Tzaneen house to register for disability grants at a rate,” Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke talked about.
Investigations revealed that no longer lower than 21 members had been recruited. They paid R3 500 every.
“As a outcome, the division suffered an absence of over R300 000 as a outcome of these unlawful activities,” Maluleke talked about.
The suspects encompass three Nkowankowa Sassa officials, one middleman and eight members who lift out no longer qualify for Sassa grants. They had been expected to appear within the Tzaneen Justice of the Peace’s Court docket rapidly on fraud and corruption charges.
“The investigation to recognize other outstanding suspects continues,” Maluleke added.
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