Protests over food vouchers

2009-04-02 00:00

Chaos ensued once again at the welfare offices at the Bombay Civic Centre in Northdale yesterday over food vouchers.

Residents from wards in the northern areas had slept outside the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) offices waiting to receive vouchers.

They alleged that SASSA officials told them to return on April 1 to collect their vouchers.

Toyi-toying outside the offices, residents chanted that they would not vote unless they get the vouchers. Neville Kemp of Woodlands alleged the vouchers are given to certain people regardless of whether they are employed.

The disgruntled residents told The Witness that they have been visiting the welfare offices every week and are not getting vouchers.

Some even speculated that the issuing of vouchers has turned into a scam.

Kemp and other residents alleged that ward 31 councillor Manilal Inderjit has coerced SASSA employees to give vouchers to people who will buy at his supermarket, situated a stone's throw away from the welfare offices, at high mark-ups.

Inderjit vehemently denied the claims, labelling them "nonsense". According to Inderjit the residents were told by a SASSA official that the funds had been exhausted and that a new budget would be allocated on April 1.

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