Sassa Official Charged with R4m Fraud Allegedly Used Fake Matric Certificate to Get Job

Sassa Official Charged with R4m Fraud Allegedly Used Fake Matric Certificate to Get Job

- Alina Dimakatso Nkwanyana Selepe allegeldy used a fake matric certificate to land an admin job at Sassa in 2006

- An audit discovered that her matric certificate was allegedly fake

- She is being charged with R4 million in fraud for the 14 years she drew a salary at Sassa

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A South African Social Security Agency employee is being charged with fraud which cost the government R4 million.

The figure comes from the 14 years she has worked at Sassa drawing a salary. Alina Dimakatso Nkwanyana Selepe allegedly used a fake matric certificate to land her admin job at Sassa back in 2006.

The department only picked this up due to an audit with the Department of Basic Education which discovered that her matric documents were fake.

Sassa official charged with R4m fraud allegedly used fake matric certificate to get job
Alina Dimakatso Nkwanyana Selepe had worked at Sassa for 14 years and is being charged with R4 million in fraud. Photo credit: South African Jobs online
Source: Facebook

She was arrested last week by the Hawks and was released on R3 000 bail. Mpumalanga Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Sekgotodi confirmed that Selepe had applied for the position of team leader administration in Sassa and allegedly used a fake matric certificate to do so.

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The South African Police Service posted the case on Facebook:

"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."

Here are some reactions to the Facebook post:

Nompumelelo Makodi:

"I thought you are vetted before being employed dig deeper, there are accomplices in her case."

Ananias Semenya:

"Vetting of qualifications happens before the person signs the contract, or while the person is on 3 months probation. So with SASSA vetting took 14 years to complete, from 2006 to 2020."

JDee Mrholozi:

"Something doesn't add up here."

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the South African Special Investigation Unit (SIU) has found that at least 6 000 senior departmental officials have had alleged involvement in the defrauding of millions of rands from SA's UIF TERS (Temporary Employer Relief Scheme).

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According to the findings made by the SIU, the officials involved made a number of fraudulent payments to deceased people, people from foreign countries, people who shared banking details with other people and even people with incorrect ID numbers.

This large number of fraudulent payments amounted to a whopping total of R57.3 million rand paid out by the UIF to a total of 13 447 006 employees who were linked to 1.5 million companies in 2019.

In other news, since the 2017 Steinhoff fraud scandal was uncovered and billions were wiped off the PIC, no arrests have been made.

With over 200 witnesses and heaps of evidence, the police have yet to make an effort to bring anyone to book.

The company overstated its financial results and position by as much as R100 billion.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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