Six more suspects aged between 33 and 54 have been arrested in connection with South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) disability grant corruption in Khobo village outside Tzaneen on Tuesday, 23 February 2021.
The first 12 suspects including three Nkowankowa SASSA officials, one intermediary and 8 ineligible beneficiaries were arrested on Moday when the takedown operation kickstarted.
This brings the total number of arrested suspects to 18.
All the suspects will appear in the Tzaneen Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 24 February 2021 to face fraud and corruption charges.
This came after this bogus Hawks member claiming to be Colonel Monyela allegedly contacted the families of some of the arrested persons and demanded money in order to give them bail.
The victims allegedly paid over R40 000.00.
As the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, we want to put the record straight that our members are not allowed to call the families of the accused persons and demand money in any way.
If you can be called by someone claiming to be from the Hawks and demand money, know that you are about to be scammed.
You are kindly advised to call the nearest police station.