Teen to get his grant
THE Soweto mother whose son's disability grant was suspended in May will soon get his grant again.
The SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) confirmed yesterday that Rachel Taunyane would receive the grant for her son Thato this month. It said it would also conduct an investigation into her claims that their doctor had refused to approve her son's grant.
Thato, 18, had been receiving disability grant from a young age until it was suspended in May, much to the shock of his unemployed single mother who had resigned from work many years ago to care for him.
Sassa officials had told her to re-register her son as he had become an adult. During the re-registration process, a Sassa doctor at their offices at Maponya Mall allegedly refused to sign and approve the grant application after he had an argument with the mother.
Taunyane also claimed that she was not informed about the pending re-registration and said the non-payment had caused a lot of distress for her as she could not afford to buy nappies and food for her son.
Sassa Gauteng spokesman Steve Mabona has since confirmed that Taunyane will receive the grant as from this month. He also said Taunyane was given a R1200 food voucher a day before she went to re-register her son.
He said the doctor intended no harm and that her application was processed the same day. "As from June 2012, Thato was legally an adult and was advised to submit a disability grant application [form] by our Soweto officials.
"In terms of the application procedure he was issued with screening documents, one of which is a medical history form that must be completed by his attending physician.
"He was also given an appointment date with the Sassa medical officer for medical assessment.
"He completed his application for a disability grant on July 17 with the assistance of his procurator [Taunyane]. Payment of the grant will commence in August [this month]," Mabona said.
ASowetan reader has offered to help the Taunyanes with transport and adult nappies. "I'm thankful to the Sowetan because I was starting to lose hope of ever getting any help with this matter," Taunyane said.