Sassa mix-up has locals puzzled and hungry

2015-11-24 06:00

Athlone residents in need of government grants were rudely surprised last week after an apparent mix-up in communication.

A disgruntled Lida Rossouw wants to know why Sassa beneficiaries were told to get food vouchers from its offices in Ath­lone, but were told to then take it up with ward councillor Suzette Little instead.

Little says she has no knowledge of this arrangement. She visited Sassa’s Athlone office where she was told that Lorenzo Lambert, an official at the office, was supposed to have contacted councillors to get names of community members who are indigent and who would then be the beneficiaries of these food vouchers or parcels.

“The Athlone office had a list of councillors’ names who were supposedly contacted, but none of them are ward councillors in the Athlone area,” says Little.

“We have tried calling the mentioned telephone number, but to no avail. We have also forwarded this enquiry onto the offices of the provincial minister for social development, Albert Fritz, for comment and enquiry.”

People’s Post could not reach Lambert.

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