The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) and Corruption Watch have questioned the sudden resignation of South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) CEO Thokozani Magwaza. Following reports that his life was under threat‚ Magwaza has left the organisation. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini announced on Monday that she and Magwaza had agreed to terminate his services after a consultative process. “The Department would like to thank Mr Magwaza for the role he played as the CEO of Sassa and wish him well in his future endeavours‚” the department said in a statement. Magwaza clashed very publicly with Dlamini over the handling of the payment of social grants as the contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) was nearing its end on March 31. Magwaza is likely to testify against Dlamini in a public hearing set up to probe whether she should be liable to pay the costs from her own pocket for the payment crisis. Magwaza also recently cancelled “work streams” set up by t...

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