- A SASSA official in the Eastern Cape has been sentenced for defrauding the agency of R1.2 million
- Nombuso Dlamini and her boyfriend registered fake social grants and even opened bank accounts to loot funds
- The couple were sentenced to 10 and 8 years respectively for their crimes
Nombuso Dlamini, an Eastern Cape SASSA official, has been sentenced to imprisonment along with her boyfriend after looting R1.2 million from the agency.
The National Prosecuting Authority explained how the couple registered fake social grants and used other people's identity documents to open bank accounts in order to obtain the payments.
The Mbizana Regional Court sentenced the official and her boyfriend Siyasanga Gwamane to 10 and 8 years in prison.
Speaking on behalf of the NPA, Luxolo Tyali said that two years of each sentence were suspended for five years on the condition that the pair avoided committing a similar crime.
Dlamini had been employed by the agency for five years as a clerk responsible for capturing social grant applications.
The couple were arrested in 2011 after an investigation was launched into numerous payments being made without supporting documents, reports The Citizen.
At the time of the arrests, over 30 bank cards were discovered at the couple's home and the pair were unable to give authorities any plausible explanation.
The trial dragged on with the couple originally pleading not guilty and deploying a number of delay tactics, including changing legal representatives.
The court has also agreed to the forfeiture of assets owned by the convicted fraudsters to the value of R104 000, reports eNCA.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance has welcomed comments put forward by SA Medical Research Council over the current alcohol ban.
The opposition party has called for an immediate end to both the prohibition on liquor and tobacco products.
The DA pointed out that the state has defended its position as 'led by science' and insists that instead, the government has done the opposite:
"From allowing taxis to load up to 100% to closing down schools, science has been the very last thing the government has worried about. However, what they have obsessed about it capitulating to powerful unions, lobby groups and internal ANC factional forces."
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