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DISABILITY GRANT DISBURSEMENT, VIEWS OF BENEFICIARIES ON MALADMINISTRATION AND FRAUD: A STUDY OF UMGUNDUNDLOVU DISTRICT, KWAZULU NATAL

Luthuli, Mthokozisi Sydney Durban University of Technology, *Hlengwa, Dumsile Durban University of Technology.

Abstract
An overwhelming one billion (15%) of the worldwide population live with one form of disability or the other with the figures being higher in Africa to the tune of about 3 billion (19%). The challenge of living with some form of disability is a worldwide phenomenon. Governments of different countries play an important role in providing for the needs of people living with disability to protect them against risk and ensure that they meet their basic needs. Social security refers to policies, programs and mechanism established by the state to protect individuals provide for their basic standard of living in the form of social insurance and social grants. The provision of disability grants is mounted by allegations and growing evidence of fraud by receipts and maladministration by officials. Social security and related grants are regarded as commons and they are consequently riddled with the tragedy of greed leading to escalating numbers of undeserving recipients and fraudulent practices. In 2016 SASSA was allegedly defrauded an amount of R2.3 million involving 400 deceptive disability grants. This was a qualitative study conducted in 2019 at uMgungundlovu District, which is the capital of KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. The sample was made of 30 disability grant recipients and 7 SASSA officials. The study discovered that while the South African Social Security Agency is doing a great job of improving the lives of people living with disability, the actual disbursement of disability grants remains riddled with challenges, fraud and maladministration, which cost the taxpayers millions of Rands every year. The study also discovered that DG fraud and maladministration was not unique to South Africa and other LEDC, but it was prevalent in developed countries as well. While some of the fraudulent activities were results of errors, the majority were deliberate due to officials and recipient‟s efforts to exploit what they regarded as the common. This paper proposes that an Intermodal Integrated Government Software be developed to link all data on individual South Africans using their ID numbers to track home affairs, SASSA, employers, financial institutions and others the moment the ID number is punched in.

Key words: social security, disability grant, tragedy of the commons, maladministration, Intermodal Integrated Government Software (IIGS).


 
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Luthuli, Mthokozisi Sydney Durban University of Technology, Hlengwa, Dumsile Durban University of Technology. DISABILITY GRANT DISBURSEMENT, VIEWS OF BENEFICIARIES ON MALADMINISTRATION AND FRAUD: A STUDY OF UMGUNDUNDLOVU DISTRICT, KWAZULU NATAL. JCR. 2020; 7(17): 3265-3275. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.17.404


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Luthuli, Mthokozisi Sydney Durban University of Technology, Hlengwa, Dumsile Durban University of Technology. DISABILITY GRANT DISBURSEMENT, VIEWS OF BENEFICIARIES ON MALADMINISTRATION AND FRAUD: A STUDY OF UMGUNDUNDLOVU DISTRICT, KWAZULU NATAL. http://www.jcreview.com/?mno=28645 [Access: August 17, 2021]. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.17.404


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Luthuli, Mthokozisi Sydney Durban University of Technology, Hlengwa, Dumsile Durban University of Technology. DISABILITY GRANT DISBURSEMENT, VIEWS OF BENEFICIARIES ON MALADMINISTRATION AND FRAUD: A STUDY OF UMGUNDUNDLOVU DISTRICT, KWAZULU NATAL. JCR. 2020; 7(17): 3265-3275. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.17.404



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Luthuli, Mthokozisi Sydney Durban University of Technology, Hlengwa, Dumsile Durban University of Technology. DISABILITY GRANT DISBURSEMENT, VIEWS OF BENEFICIARIES ON MALADMINISTRATION AND FRAUD: A STUDY OF UMGUNDUNDLOVU DISTRICT, KWAZULU NATAL. JCR. (2020), [cited August 17, 2021]; 7(17): 3265-3275. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.17.404



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Luthuli, Mthokozisi Sydney Durban University of Technology, Hlengwa, Dumsile Durban University of Technology (2020) DISABILITY GRANT DISBURSEMENT, VIEWS OF BENEFICIARIES ON MALADMINISTRATION AND FRAUD: A STUDY OF UMGUNDUNDLOVU DISTRICT, KWAZULU NATAL. JCR, 7 (17), 3265-3275. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.17.404



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Luthuli, Mthokozisi Sydney Durban University of Technology, Hlengwa, Dumsile Durban University of Technology. 2020. DISABILITY GRANT DISBURSEMENT, VIEWS OF BENEFICIARIES ON MALADMINISTRATION AND FRAUD: A STUDY OF UMGUNDUNDLOVU DISTRICT, KWAZULU NATAL. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (17), 3265-3275. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.17.404



Chicago Style

Luthuli, Mthokozisi Sydney Durban University of Technology, Hlengwa, Dumsile Durban University of Technology. "DISABILITY GRANT DISBURSEMENT, VIEWS OF BENEFICIARIES ON MALADMINISTRATION AND FRAUD: A STUDY OF UMGUNDUNDLOVU DISTRICT, KWAZULU NATAL." Journal of Critical Reviews 7 (2020), 3265-3275. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.17.404



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Luthuli, Mthokozisi Sydney Durban University of Technology, Hlengwa, Dumsile Durban University of Technology. "DISABILITY GRANT DISBURSEMENT, VIEWS OF BENEFICIARIES ON MALADMINISTRATION AND FRAUD: A STUDY OF UMGUNDUNDLOVU DISTRICT, KWAZULU NATAL." Journal of Critical Reviews 7.17 (2020), 3265-3275. Print. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.17.404



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Luthuli, Mthokozisi Sydney Durban University of Technology, Hlengwa, Dumsile Durban University of Technology (2020) DISABILITY GRANT DISBURSEMENT, VIEWS OF BENEFICIARIES ON MALADMINISTRATION AND FRAUD: A STUDY OF UMGUNDUNDLOVU DISTRICT, KWAZULU NATAL. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (17), 3265-3275. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.17.404