Dead woman walking is sorted

2018-05-17 06:01
Fungiwe Kilifele has not received her social grant since December after she was mistakenly declared dead..

Fungiwe Kilifele has not received her social grant since December after she was mistakenly declared dead..

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Fungiwe Kilifele wants action taken against the health department after she was declared dea.

Kilifele,65, from Langa, said her horror began on November 29, 2017 when her daughter was declared dead at Somerset Hospital.

“I was shocked when I received a death certificate bearing my name, instead” she said.

She said the mistake had caused her a lot of grief because her social grant was stopped in December.

“I have been suffering since this thing happened,” she moaned.

Mark van der Heever of the Department of Health said they were looking into how this could have happened.

“We apologise to Ms Kilifele for this inconvenience. The hospital has also already completed an affidavit stating that the mistake must be rectified and the correct death certificate was then issued by Home Affairs.

We will continue to assist in any other documentation that they require from Home Affairs to correct it on the system,” he said

Meanwhile, the South African Social Security Agency has confirmed Ms Kilifele’s social grant application has been approved.

“Her social grant payment will take effect as of 1 June 2018. Sassa is committed to ensuring that our beneficiaries are always treated with dignity and respect,” said Shivani Wahab SASSA Western Cape’s senior manager: communications and marketing


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