The tumultuous saga of the South African Social Security Agency’s (Sassa’s) takeover of social grants took a new twist on Monday when Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini announced that the contract of the agency’s CEO, Thokozani Magwaza, had been terminated by “agreement”. The termination could take immediate effect from Tuesday, if the minister finalised several details, Magwaza said. Insiders say the termination was due to the irretrievable breakdown in the relationship between Dlamini and Magwaza, which deteriorated after his cancellation of workstreams worth R47m, which the minister had set up to manage Sassa’s takeover of the payment of social grants. The workstreams reported directly to the minister and acted in parallel with the work of Sassa employees. Magwaza has faced death threats since his cancellation of the workstreams, which the Treasury ruled were irregular. He refused to disclose the reasons for his departure, referring all queries to the department. A sim...

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