Open Letter to Minister of Social Development.



Dear Honourable Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

Honourable Minister, I'm writing this letter to you as a matter of concern in relation to an African Granny, the then mother, the then wife and an inhabitant of South Africa by virtue of the fact that she has been in South Africa for years now. It is within our Constitution that the granny Gogo Mtivane who also has rights and such rights have to be protected like any other inhabitant of our country. It is in the Chapter Two of the Constitution, THE BILL OF RIGHTS, that the whole world applauded our Supreme Law. Section 2 of the Contitution states thus: "This Constitution is the supreme law of the Republic; law or conduct inconsistent with it is invalid, and the obligations imposed by it must be fulfilled."

Gogo Mtivane as alleged that she is a non-South African and the Social and Welfare Department you are heading cannot assist her is a gross violation of section 9(3) of Act 108 of 1996 which states thus: "The state may not discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth." It is in this very supreme section of our constitution that I find it odd for your social workers to claim that they cannot assist her including the local government in Elias Motsoaledi Municipality.

Gogo is facing the whole world alone in ward 6 of the said municipality, the dictates and challenges of the universe. Her story is a saddening one in that Gogo can't stand on her two legs. She lives in appalling conditions in a shack without a proper door, using an old dilapidated cloth as her door. Her husband died more than 30 years ago and her children also passed away long time ago. I just wonder if Gogo has anything to put on table and have meal to eat while she can't access an identity document. Given the conditions that Gogo Mtivane is living in is very much disturbing since a cow can live in a kraal worth R1 million rand while there are people not only Gogo Mtivane alone face such abnormal situations after 18 years of democratic dispensation.

It is very alarming to me and any other human being/species who value the existence of our elders whom through their wisdom we thrive in the theatrical deeds of the theatre of our days.

Gogo Mtivane is said to be more than 90 years old without a sense of belonging, without basic needs, walking on her knees and arms without a wheel chair. I'm also of the view that gogo cannot attend hospital for proper health care while you people dine and wine over tax payers’ money. Is Gogo left or discriminated upon on the basis that she cannot walk and apply for an identity document. According to our statutes, gogo qualifies for a green bar coded identity document and it is the responsibility of the social and welfare department to ensure that gogo is assisted on the basis of humanity and for the fact that she has been in the country for many years now if honestly what your cheque collectors, social workers, say she can't be assisted because she is a non-citizen of the Republic, that is discrimination in its worst form. Discrimination on the basis of origin, language and birth, which our constitution. I suggest that the social worker who came to the conclusion that she cannot be assisted be brought before disciplinary hearing to clarify why she/he came to such conclusion as her findings and decisions or conclusion are in violation of the eight batho pele principles. He or she must be fired.

Eighteen years into democracy, the much fought for freedom, wherein you have been entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing the administration of social welfare of every citizen and non-citizen of the Republic of South Africa, with the necessary resources paid for by the tax payers of the country, it has not come to your attention that our grannies, mothers, grandfathers and children are still without food, shelter, proper health care and all the basic necessities in life.

I wanted to believe that granny Mtivane was also counted in numerous census which were conducted in this country and that the the outcomes thereof were used to allocate budget so as to deliver on basic needs or service delivery to our people. The fact that gogo Mtivane cannot cast her vote should not be used against her as a barometer to determine if she qualifies for a social grant or the free basic water and electricity. It is also my belief that census is conducted to determine the demographic needs of the society according to geographical area in which must social investment should be done, but that is not the case with Gog Mtivane and many others. It would be naive of you Bathabile that you would want to say to me Gogo cannot be assisted primarily because she does not have an identity document. This is there as a result of apartheid legacy that gogo did not know or does not know that having spent more than five years in the country qualifies her and many others to apply for Green Bar Coded South African Identity Document while President Zuma has allowed Yeville in Johannesburg to be used by Nigerians and many other non-South Africans. Was that move by Zuma to allow freedom of Yeville for non-South African based solely on the fact that they voted him into power and not on humanitarian grounds based on Bath Pele Principles. Are we further sowing the seeds of Apartheid in the country that should be sovereign, free from any form of discrimination. Are gogo's rights limited in terms of the limitation clause as embodied in section 36 of Act 108 of 1996?

Finaly, Bathabile Dlamini, the following questions need to be answered by you as minister of social development and welfare and the cluster of social development, housing, home affairs:

1) Is Gogo Mtivane not your granny?

2) Does gogo Mtivane who is without a social grant suppose to pay for free basic water and electricity that each and every household enjoy for free?

3) Are your employees just cheque collectors who do not value the existence of human being?

4) Are you competent enough to deliver the services you are tasked with?

5) Is Gogo Mtivane not having finger prints to allow her to have an identity document so that she can be assisted to have an identity document?

6) Is it fair that while you wine and dine through tax payers money, there are still people like Gogo Mtivane who petit the wits as dictated upon them, the inhabitants of the mother earth?

7) Does the Public Works as headed by Thulas Nxesi deem fit that an approval of a pedestrian gate worth millions of rands situated far from the taxi rank into the hospital while you close one next to taxi rank a necessity or there are people who are to benefit on it while the likes of Gogo Mtivane does not have even an RDP HOUSE that would offer security, freedom and comfort to her such that she could live a normal life?

To the President,all honourable ministers, premieres, executive mayors, if gogo Mtivane was your granny, mother and sister, biologically or not, would you sincerely have no regard for her well being, safety and security, social security in particular?

For GOD'S sake, you need to act and speedily so. Gogo cannot live like this. Be rest assured Bathabile Dlamini, if I had a means, I would cater for Gogo and give her proper and secured home to live her remaining days in this world peacefully as possible until her last breath. It is unfortunate that I cannot offer her such for I myself do not have a shelter nor any source of income. Minister, are you so cold hearted to see the agony that has befallen our own and your own nation, a South African nation, whether citizen or non citizen, it makes no difference. The reality is she has been in South Africa for years now, if it is true that she is a Mozambican as your social worker has concluded, to qualify for South African Citizenship and by virtue of her marriage to a South African man. Do you prefer to earn a fat cheque and be flanked by human shields (body guards) who are expected to be your body armour while there are people like Gogo Mtivane. Is it a rhetoric that "Wa thintha abafazi, wa thintha imbokodo". There is gogo Mtivane who is an imbokodo suffering the most pain compared to labor pain, what do you say.

Its said really!!! Cattle leading a luxurious life while human beings suffer the most ever imagined life!!!!

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