“We read into this development that he was pushed out after his work environment was made unbearable with death threats, the tension with Minister Bathabile Dlamini, Magwaza’s closure of the minister’s lucrative workstreams and his attempts to get the Post Office to take over the social grants delivery,” says Dominique Msibi, OUTA Portfolio Director.
“Once again, as in many state entities, a hard-working ethical person has been removed. We trust that his good work will not be undone and that his replacement will work equally hard to address the maladministration and corruption within the social grants system.”
OUTA reiterates its condemnation of the death threats against Magwaza and calls on authorities to investigate these with purpose and sincerity.
“We trust the authorities will not appoint a compliant stooge who will simply go along with the minister’s original intention to have the social grants distributed at huge cost by a well-connected company, thereby paving the way for further looting,” says Msibi.
OUTA will continue to work with those in authority within SASSA to continue the challenge of undoing the gross maladministration and corruption within the organisation.