Margate: Botched ID costs elderly disabled man his pension

2011-09-05 00:00

SENIOR citizen Makhwenkwe Shusha of KwaNzimakwe outside Margate, cannot collect an old-age pension because his ID book identifies him as being 44 years old.

Shusha, who is wheelchair-bound and has frail health, does not receive a disability grant either.

Hibiscus Coast Mayor Cynthia Mqwebu, former mayor Pauline Duncan and KwaNzimakwe councillor Thulebona Khowa identified Shusha to be a deserving pension recipient.

This was two months ago during a municipal event held in Shusha’s area to celebrate Mandela Day.

Shusha’s hopes of getting pension were raised when local government promised to assist him, but his optimism has faded because the process takes time.

Khowa said processing Shusha’s pension is slow because his age does not qualify him to register for one, although it is clear that he is old enough to qualify.

“According to his ID he was born in 1967. We are trying our best to assist him.”

Khowa said they will take Shusha to the tribal authority to see if they can find someone who grew up with him.

“This is so that his age can be adjusted at the Department of Home Affairs for him to get his pension.”

Khowa said that Shusha’s ill health should enable him to qualify for disability grant.

“He is in a wheelchair and in very frail health and this should qualify for a disability grant if his health status according to medical reports confirms his condition.”

Duncan, who is a member of the senior citizens’ forums of Hibiscus Coast and KwaZulu-Natal, said they will try to help Shusha to be awarded a pension or disability grant.

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