SASSA Official Allegedly Falsified Qualifications
SASSA is no stranger to corruption. Now, an employee was found allegedly falsifying their qualifications. The employee will now have a criminal record and maybe more.
A SASSA employee in Mpumalanga currently faces the prospect of jail time for allegedly falsifying her qualifications.
Alina Dimakatso Nkwanyana Selepe was released on R3 000 bail on Monday. After being arrested on Friday by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation unit in Mpumalanga.
According to a statement released by the Hawks, the SASSA official is facing fraud charges.
“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 in Mpumalanga,” read the statement.
The Hawks stated that the SASSA office vetted the qualifications with the Education Department, which is when it was discovered that her matric certificate was fraudulent.
In December 2020, the matter was reported to the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation unit in Nelspruit.
A subsequent investigation exposed that the suspect prejudiced the government more than R4 million in salary between 2006 and 2020.
The case has been postponed to 26 March 2021.