Pensioner dies in North West queue

2013-01-23 13:11

Johannesburg - A 90-year-old woman died while waiting to re-register for her old age grant in Chosen Village, North West, the social development department said on Wednesday.

The woman was in a queue outside the SA Security Agency's (Sassa) offices when an official noticed something amiss and alerted the woman's son, said spokesperson Lumka Oliphant.

He checked and discovered that she was not breathing. Police and paramedics were called, and the woman was declared dead on the scene.

Sassa embarked on a drive in April last year to re-register all social grant beneficiaries, in an attempt to root out fraud in the system.

Oliphant said elderly recipients need not register at Sassa offices.

"The welfare of senior citizens remains a primary concern," she said.

"That is why we took this decision to re-register them in their own homes. Older persons and their families that are not re-registered will continue to receive their old age grant."

  • renier.buys - 2013-01-23 13:24

    Poor woman! Not a nice way to die. I also once almost died of old age waiting in a queue at a govenrment department.

  • velile.moses.16 - 2013-01-23 13:25

    The woman was in a QUEUE

  • Modikoe.Elias.Ramongana - 2013-01-23 13:41

    Can pls someone advice our granny's to get their maney at the bank

      paulgerber969 - 2013-01-23 14:23

      I get my pension at the bank but still have to re register. Approach your local Sassa offices

      tyrone.boreham - 2013-01-23 14:59


  • DuToitCoetzee - 2013-01-23 13:43

    PLEASE, PLEASE gov. officials. Get the word out that YOU will visit THEM, but than again..........when? This year, next year or some year??? RIP

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    @MyNews24 Proud Supporter of, NoFreedomOfSpeech aka shut the F* up

      george.frangs - 2013-01-23 18:22

      Yes, you're right, that poor woman....

  • abrammothibedi.abram - 2013-01-23 14:23

    very sad and hope that the government will learn the hard way, i mean who informed the elders they they can apply to be visited at their homes, come on some of these elders r so old that they can not hear,see or read anymore and moreover they r so poor that they don't have any form of media this case the always incompetent Councillors should take responsibility and hold meetings to address such issues,guys this might anybody's grandmother or mother in the future

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2013-01-23 14:32

    They are suppose to do home visits but do not have transport as the car suppose to be used to do visits are being used for private matters. Sassa and their employees stink and have no respect for any of clients.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2013-01-23 14:33

    The new system cuts down on fraud, because if the money is not drawn after three months it ceases. But the next-of-kin of a deceased pensioner who knows the pensioner's private pin number and has the SASSA card can draw. If a pensioner wants the pension paid into his own bank account as before (instead of a SASSA acount), he has to phone a toll-free number month. (The toll-free number does not work.) There is in place a system of visiting pensioners at churches, State hospitals, old-age homes and town halls. The re-registration takes 20 minutes. I travelled 24 km to do mine.

  • vanessa.luckhoff - 2013-01-23 14:51

    Eish!!!...Going No where Slowly...

  • Sibusiso - 2013-01-23 15:10

    Murder ,murder !This murder by SASSA .The rampant fraud in this agency is made possible by its own employees!

  • marilyn.glockle - 2013-01-23 17:43

    No compassion for the elderly. They should not be expected to queue like this for their measly pensions.

  • lydia.benkenstein - 2013-01-23 20:52

    This goes for any govt queue, eg. hospitals, clinics, home affairs, Sars. At any of these institutions you will see that when it is tea time, they all go at once, instead of splitting up their lunch hours and tea times. This is what causes the loooong queues.Watch the expressions on the faces of patients when this happens. They know that it is going to be a long wait.

  • lydia.benkenstein - 2013-01-23 20:55

    The worst place for pensioners to wait, is at govt hospitals. These poor people can wait for up to 4 hours for medicine. The dispensaries are the pits. The staff go to tea and lunch all at once.....

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