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Night queues for Sassa grantees

By Frank Maponya Limpopo Bureau Chief | Jan 09, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 8 ]

SOCIAL grants recipients in Limpopo are being forced to queue overnight to get their grants.

Single mothers, destitute children and the elderly have been compelled to queue overnight for places before morning.

Surprisingly those who would have arrived early in the morning are reportedly told to go home and come back the following day.

Though they used to receive their grants from the ATMs recipients were told to reapply for new cards.

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has called for recipients to re-register to root out fraud and corruption in a process that is expected to run for the next six months.

But this is coming at a huge cost to beneficiaries from rural villages, who have to walk long distances to Sassa offices.

Gogo Linah Letsoalo, who is about 90-years-old, has to wake up at 3am to join the long evening queue in Mankweng to reapply for the new Sassa cards.

She had received her grant last week but was afraid she would be forced to go without her pension payout next month if she did not reapply.

"I'm old and cannot afford to be treated this way," she complained. "But because I want the money I am forced to comply."

Another victim, Patricia Malepe of Moroke village outside Burgersfort, said it was a nightmare queuing at the Sassa offices.

Limpopo Sassa spokesman Norman Kutama said elderly people were not supposed to even visit their offices.

"We have made it clear that persons over 75, and those who are sick and frail, should not panic seeing that we have made arrangements to visit them in their homes," Kutama said. -frankm@sowetan.co.za

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Not the first time that corrupt officials have forced SASSA to re-register recipients. Just because they are receiving public aid it does not mean they should be treated with less care. This have been going on for 15 years now but the department does not seem to be getting on top of the problem.

Jan 09, 2013 7:3 | 0 replies

hamba limpopo...always making headlines for wrong reasons....that province is just too corrupt for its own good...is like they are running their little world there!.....

Jan 09, 2013 7:34 | 0 replies
Jan 09, 2013 9:23 | 0 replies

This rural attitude is not gonna work ,Sassa just cancel the grant at Limpopo.

Jan 09, 2013 9:43 | 0 replies

What about Eastern Cape, a woman carried a dog in her back and told them it was her Baby, she wanted to register her for grand and when the Officer asked to take her finger print, they discover it was a dog, she was arrested.

Jan 09, 2013 12:55 | 0 replies

sekhebereshe
hamba limpopo...always making headlines for wrong reasons....that province is just too corrupt for its own good...is like they are running their little world there!.....
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I think before comments are uploaded they need to be scrutinised and blocked if they do not make sense.
B!tch as I believe your name means in the locations, does your comment relate to the article in any way? I can tell you are a Zulu by your stupid comments which does not surprise me much.

Jan 09, 2013 3:30 | 0 replies

Phafi
This rural attitude is not gonna work ,Sassa just cancel the grant at Limpopo.
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What good is that going to do for a 90year-old gogo who complies because she needs the money... haai people need to think beyond the the story hle

Jan 09, 2013 3:48 | 0 replies

@ sekhebereshehamba limpopo...always making headlines for wrong reasons....that province is just too corrupt for its own good...is like they are running their little world there!.....
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It is not only Limpopo which is making headlines the whole South Africa is corrupt stop naming other provinces lets work together to root out all problems.This sassa problems is everywhere lol you must make a reseach before commenting.

Jan 23, 2013 6:30 | 0 replies