Two former employees of the South African Post Office have been apprehended for allegedly stealing more than R4 million intended for the distribution of welfare grants to recipients.
Hawks confirmed that the 32-year-old and 45-year-old suspects were arrested on Thursday as part of a coordinated operation.
According to Warrant Officer Ndiphiwe Mhlakuvana, spokesperson for the Hawks, both individuals had previously worked at the Butterworth Post Office.
They held responsibility for conducting South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) payments at the Cash Pay Point.
It is alleged that between September 2020 and April 2022, the two suspects collaborated with the intention of unlawfully diverting grant payments and pocketing the funds for themselves, deliberately bypassing the established payment procedure.
Mhlakuvana further stated that the suspects are believed to have caused a financial loss of over R4.1 million to Sassa for their own personal gain.
The matter was reported to the Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit of the Hawks based in Mthatha, leading to the subsequent arrest of the suspects.
The spokesperson confirmed that the individuals are scheduled to make their initial court appearance at the Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Friday, where they will face charges related to their alleged misconduct.