This comes after the parliament discovered that thousands of public servants have been illegally getting social grants and the R350 Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant every month topping up their salaries.
“It is clear that applicants with other sources of income do not qualify to receive the grant. About 17,000 South Africans who are working at national and provincial government applied for social grants and currently they're getting the money that was allocated for the poor on top of their salaries.
Ramaphosa said the matter will be referred to government’s Anti-Corruption Task Team and follow up on the matter, arrests will be made and people will have to pay for stealing from the government.
Many South Africans have been stealing from the government, but that will be coming to an end now. People have been benefiting from the states money for them personally, friends and families but that will have to change.
“As we work to eliminate corruption in our country, we have to check both sites that the needs and what was promised to the public is covered so that we see if our country is progressing.
Ramaphosa admitted that most people who are behind this fraud and corruption are government officials. The job in front of us is to work together to arrest those who are stealing from the government.
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