Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini approved contracts for the controversial workstreams that were deemed irregular by the Treasury. According to a letter from the Treasury sent on Friday to South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) CE Thokozani Magwaza, the deviation from normal procurement processes requested by Sassa was not approved. The workstreams operated parallel to Sassa’s standard functions and appeared to usurp the agency’s roles and responsibilities. “Sassa did not report the deviation within [the] prescribed 10 days or request prior approval from [the Treasury]” as required, the Treasury’s chief director of supply chain management, governance, monitoring and compliance, Solly Tshitangano, wrote. Due to non-compliance “all contracts concluded should be regarded as irregular”, he said. A Treasury assessment of all documents about the appointment of the workstreams revealed noncompliance. There was no evidence that terms-of-reference bid specification was cons...

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