Dlamini appoints acting CEO of Sassa

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PRETORIA - The Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, has announced that Pearl Bhengu is to act as the interim CEO of the SA Social Services Agency (Sassa).

Bhengu has been the Sassa regional manager in KwaZulu-Natal since 2012.

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The announcement follows the termination of the employment of CEO Thokozani Magwaza.

Magwaza had received death threats relating to his attempts to end Sassa's contract with Cash Paymaster Services.

Dlamini said Bhengu's first priority would be to stabilise Sassa and to ensure that it focuses on its constitutional mandate to administer and pay social grants in line with the Sassa Act.