n Law, Democracy & Development - Stretching solidarity too far : the impact of fraud and corruption on social security in South Africa

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



The focus of this article will be the negative impact of crimes such as corruption and fraud on the state's capacity to deliver adequate social security.

An attempt will firstly be made to explain briefly what is generally understood by terms such as social security, corruption and social security fraud, followed by a brief discussion of the right to access to social security. Next, the incidence of fraud and corruption on three levels, namely by state employees, employers and beneficiaries will be examined. This will be followed by an analysis of the impact of the penalties imposed by social security law on the levels of fraud and corruption in the social security system. Finally, some suggestions will be made on measures to combat social security fraud and corruption in South Africa.

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