By Tichaona Kurewa
THE Government has implored the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) to shun corruption and focus on preserving the value of pensioners’ savings.
With error, evasion and fraud posing a significant risk to social security systems across the globe, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister, Professor Paul Mavima has underscored the need for organisations like NSSA to ensure social security coffers are protected.
He was speaking at the official opening of the International Social Security Association Conference (ISSA) in Victoria Falls this Wednesday.
“There are some measures to prevent fraud with social security through putting in some systems but there are some that we need to tell people to desist from stealing from social security coffers and this must be understood,” said Professor Mavhima.
ISSA Southern Africa steering committee representative, Miccah Nkabinde said the seminar seeks to interrogate issues of evasion, error and fraud in social security schemes.
“It is a seminar where social security schemes in Southern Africa are gathered to look at the issue of evasion, error and fraud that is associated with social security schemes, we all agree that if we talk of the social security scheme, that is an entity that is given the power and mandate to collect a contribution from members, there it does house a lot of money.
“Now because of that, we are saying we are at a stage where we eradicate error as much as possible because the members at the time when they need to get their benefit they need to get a correct amount that is due to them,” he said.
Social security schemes are key in ensuring workers are compensated if they get injured at the workplace as well as being cushioned when they retire.