Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
About R5 million of taxpayers' money is to be paid back by the almost 6000 public servants who stole social grants.
A further 2000 face disciplinary action, and investigations and prosecutions are taking place against many others, said Social Welfare Minister Zola Skweyiya in parliament yesterday.
A total of 2560 public servants have also been taken to court, of whom 2 056 have been convicted and sentenced.
More than 45000 civil servants were fingered by the police and other crime-fighting agencies for illegally taking grants from the state. It is estimated that social grants fraud costs the taxpayer about R1,5 billion every year. - Waghied Misbach