Pensioners forced to queue in rain

2009-04-20 00:00

An IFP councillor for Mpumuza near Sweetwaters has criticised the Social Development Department and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) for failing to provide shelter at a pension point in Mpumuza yesterday.

More than 50 pensioners had to brave the cold weather and occasional rain while queueing for their pension payouts outside the Mpumuza Traditional Administrative Centre. The centre’s roof was blown off in a storm in December.

Some of the pensioners told The Witness they started queuing as early as 6 am and by 10 am the pay vehicle had not arrived.

Ward councillor Dolo Zondi said he reported the damage and was told that Sassa would provide a marquee so that the pensioners would not have to queue in the sun or rain. “This is pathetic — [old] people cannot be made to wait like this,” he said.

Attempts to get comment from Sassa were unsuccessful.

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