Funeral aid for gogo who died in social grant office

2009-11-20 00:00

THE South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has contributed R8 000 to cover the funeral expenses of Flora Nyathi (73), who collapsed and died at their offices in Pietermaritz Street last week Friday.

Nyathi, who lived in Ashdown, died while waiting in a queue to hear whether her grant-in-aid application was successful. It is believed that she had been queuing since the early hours and had made it into the building and was seated on a bench before collapsing.

The acting chief executive officer of Sassa, Coceko Pakade, sent two Sassa officials from the head office to visit Nyathi’s family to convey condolences yesterday. Pakade said that they were saddened by this incident.

“We wish to convey our deepest sympathy to the family and also call upon members of the public to notify the nearest Sassa local office of any cases of people who are old and frail who need Sassa services so that home visits can be arranged” Pakade said.

Nyathi’s benefactor, Beauty Zondi, said that if it weren’t for Sassa they wouldn’t have had enough money to cover the funeral costs. Nyathi stayed with Zondi from last year after her family had allegedly abandoned her.

Sassa spokesman Paseka Letsatsi said that people who are not well enough to collect or to apply for grants should appoint someone to collect it on their behalf in order to prevent such situations.

“However, they should provide us with the medical proof that they are not fit enough to come to our offices,” he added.

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