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Moms paid, but no pay

By unknown | Feb 01, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Some women in Mpumalanga wait months for maintenance payments although the fathers pay every month.

Three of them have not received a cent from the Mhala office in Thulamahashe near Bushbuckridge for three months now.

The situation seems worse at Siyabuswa where Sphenge Mahlangu of Matjhirini says mothers seldom get the full payment.

"I am supposed to get R750 but I am given R200 and told the outstanding amount will be paid the following month. But it does not happen. Many mothers are owed thousands of rands by the maintenance court," said Mahlangu.

Justice Department spokesman Meshack Magakoe said: "I am disturbed by the information and steps will be taken against whoever is found to have done this."

Maria Khoza of Agincourt Trust is supposed to get R320 a month for her dead sister's two teenaged children in Bushbuckridge.

But like Judith Machavi, 42, of Croquetlawn Trust, she has received nothing since October.

"I don't know if someone in the department of justice is stealing our money because they shunt us from pillar to post," she said.

Nkateko Khoza blames the new system, which requires beneficiaries to receive their money directly from a bank.

"This system started in October and since then there have been problems.

"I'm tired of coming to this office only to be told stories about the money that rightfully belongs to my child," said Khoza.

Letta Sithole, an official at the Mhala, said "head office is investigating the problem".


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