COPE CALLS FOR A PARLIAMNETARY INQUIRY INTO THE CONDUCT OF SASSA, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, CPS AND GRINDROD BANK WITH R

  • March 14, 2017 | Pakes Dikgetsi

The recent revelations regarding the controversial deductions from social security grant recipients and the alleged interests earned by CPS and Grindrod Bank is shocking and morally reprehensible, to say the least. For commercial players, aided and abated by a public institution like SASSA and its parent department of Social Development, to behave like vultures and draw the last penny from poor people is blatantly wrong and unacceptable. This includes the claims of hundreds of millions of debts owed by Ithala and Standard Banks. The conduct of all those involved must be condemned in the strongest possible terms by all South Africans. 

The entire scandal is deliberately shrouded in a complex web of secretive arrangements meant to deceive and designed to confuse the nation while milking poor people dry. It is the duty of the state to protect poor people but it is clear that, in this situation, state functionaries including the Minister, are either incompetent or just derelict in executing their duties. The whole scandal smacks of corrupt collusion on a grand scale.

Since 2015 COPE had laid numerous criminal charges in a number of towns and throughout the country against these illegal deductions. Sadly, like in many corruption cases lodged with SAPS, nothing came out of these cases. They don't attach priority to these cases or simply don't care. We now call on the Portfolio Committee on Finance in the National Assembly, to conduct a formal parliamentary inquiry into this entire scandal in order to get to the bottom of the matter. We believe that parliament is best placed to protect the poor and hold the concerned players accountable.