Three suspects involved in over 7M SASSA fraud to appear in court again in September
Lindiwe Shangase, the woman who defrauded South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) of over 7 million Rands appeared in court on Wednesday.
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant Khombinkosi Jula said Shangase was arrested at her place of work. Two cell phones, personal files, six bank cards and other documents were seized for further investigation.
Jula said Shangase’s arrest came after a case of fraud was registered at Ixopo SAPS, where two accused Sibusisiwe Gazu and Bongani Gumede were arrested on 1 November 2019 at Margaret Street in Ixopo.
Gazu and Gumede were found in possession of 47 SASSA cards and R73 000 in cash.
Shangase was responsible for fraudulently issuing 47 SASSA cards. The total amount of money defrauded is R7 295 550.
“It is heart-breaking to learn that there are people who are robbing pensioners and people who need to feed their families through the grant money,” said Jula.
Shangase appeared at Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court and was given a bail of R10 000.
“I am glad that these suspects were arrested, and more arrests can be expected as the investigation unfolds,” said Jula.