Foreigners creating a nightmare - MEC

2011-09-28 20:34

Mbombela - Mozambican and Swazi citizens who illegally receive social grants in South Africa are causing congestion at pay points in Mpumalanga.

Provincial Health and Social Development MEC Clifford Mkasi raised the problem at the launch of Social Development Month in Mbombela on Tuesday.

"People who are coming from neighbouring countries to collect social grants are becoming a nightmare in our department. These people are also sleeping over at the pay points because they don't have a place to sleep, making the queues very long,” said Mkasi.

He said the problem was serious because more than 1.3 million people in Mpumalanga rely on social grants.

He said an interdepartmental campaign involving home affairs, agriculture, rural development, land administration, and the police would crackdown on the offenders and ensure that only deserving people receive their social grants.

"We have identified programmes aimed at ensuring that families stand on a solid ground of sustainable growth. In all activities, we will ensure that we bring a basket of programmes and services from the department of social development, South African Security Social Agency and the National Development Agency,” said Mkasi.

Mkasi said the programmes include early childhood development, foster care, youth development, victim empowerment, HIV/Aids and older persons and people with disabilities.

“We are encouraging everyone in the rural villages to stay alert and engage with the department. This month creates an opportunity for the department to intensify dialogue with communities,” he said.

The MEC also promised to reinstate legitimate social grants beneficiaries who were temporarily cut off when their grants were reviewed.

“We need to review more than 100 000 beneficiaries annually so that we can be sure that there are no ghost beneficiaries and it sometimes takes months,” he explained.

Social Development Month starts at the beginning of October and aims to take social development services to rural areas.

  • proudandpink - 2011-09-28 20:39

    Can I also have a grant. Please. Oooops, sorry I forgot, I get off my backside and work and so I have to pay for the grants. Just as good I don't have more children than I can afford.

      sc? - 2011-09-28 21:33

      you cant have a grant because you are legal - with legal documents etc. why cant they catch and arrest the buggers, they even sleep at the pay points, how difficult can it be????????

      BigD - 2011-09-29 06:09

      This problem is not hard to sort out. All it needs is abit of will and somebody with abit of knowledge.

      leonard - 2011-09-29 07:55

      @Proud.......According to Zuma and his bunch of ministers(now all very wealthy)SA is in very good shape.He even moved that short,grumpy,ill tempered ex minister of foreign affairs into this portfolio to get things moving and on track.Hello,where is she in this traversty?Silence is the name of the game.

  • DoublySalmon - 2011-09-28 20:43

    If you're an income tax payer go stand in the queue and get a free handout also, it is the most you're ever gonna get back from the government while you pay for private water, power, education, waste removal and security.

      cliffarc - 2011-09-29 07:27

      - The most alarming thing about this countries many problems, is that the Anc simply fail to see them . They create the problems to start with, yet cannot cope or deal with them. This country is a shining model of insustainability, but the govt. plunders on repeating their mistakes. The only solution will depend on whether the Anc can ever identify and acknowledge their failures or ever change their ways . Before it's too late.

  • Nunya - 2011-09-28 20:48's you bungling incompetent fools the allowed this to happen in te first the ANC live with you...idiots!!!

  • Peter - 2011-09-28 20:55

    Well Said. In 1995, I identified this problem and suggested a secure ID Card to resolve the problem, but the ANC does NOT want to stop the corruption and hence the projects have been stopped ever since. I believe the projects have been stopped to allow the corruption to continue. My biggest disappointment came in 2002 when I visited Lebanon and was told that they had used the SA tender and then had more than 18 Million secure ID cards issued. Here we sit more than 15 years later without a single card but the chaos continues. Well done Boys.

  • BakkieB - 2011-09-28 21:13

    How are these people collecting????? Can only be through corruption in this department or Home Affairs. They know Swazi's and Mozambiquens are collecting yet it continues.....FAIL

  • Renny Meere - 2011-09-28 21:16

    This is not sustainable! What entitles one to receive a grant?

      BakkieB - 2011-09-28 21:31

      Here is your answer 1. Babies at 14 2. Corruption 3. Card carring member 4. Helped in the struggle. 5. African refugee 6. Corruption 7. Another bay at 15 8. Gogo who has to look after the grand kids because the Garlic and Beetroot failed. etc, etc

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-28 21:29

    Jacob and his comrade created this! Now,the chickens came back to roost! That is why,countries control their borders! No,Jacob and the comrades wanted more votes! PATHETIC IDIOTS!

  • Mark Haupt - 2011-09-28 21:29

    You dumb asses are the ones who made it possible for all these foreigners to get these grants, you figure it out. Repeat after me, "I'm an incompetent idiot".

      Ameerasmaku Octavious - 2014-08-29 19:26

      I repeat after you, " you are an incompetent idiot"..there are you happy

  • Ian - 2011-09-28 21:39

    and tell us, who let them in, anc you created this, now YOU fix it, oh oops sorry my bad you only break things, you are incapable of fixing anything

  • cavafergie - 2011-09-28 21:59

    More votes for an non democratically goverment (Ballad boxes rigged and this is proven fact) --- stand here --- sleep here --- make X here !!!!

  • pants - 2011-09-28 22:16

    And along with all this we are expected to tolerate Julius malema and his comments that are hurting out economy..... these people have no clue

  • Marius Rossouw - 2011-09-28 22:17

    Da ANC she is very clever. She even has Trevor. She, he will solve da problem. Hau wena.

  • Casie - 2011-09-28 22:28

    So why is Mkasi not arrested???? That is illegal and under his jurisdiction. Amount paid for foreign citizens is about R400 million every month(minimum), that is about 4000 RDP houses EVERY MONTH. And he is COMPLAINING!!! Lock him and throw the key. Also, check his "traast faaands"..

  • MyWereld - 2011-09-29 02:46

    The Shangaans of Mozambique are all family of the SA Shangaans. They are just keeping the money in the family. Will be tricky with family in Egypt.

  • Kevin Rack - 2011-09-29 06:07

    Mozambican and Swazi citizens who illegally receive social grants in South Africa are causing congestion at pay points in Mpumalanga. How about incompetant officials who illegally sell social grants in South Africa are causing congestion at pay points in Mpumalanga. What is wrong with the government and repsonsibility. Its not us its the foreigner. Its not us its the whites. He made me do it. As cadres climb over the bodies of fallen comrades(they killed to get the tender) they fail to see the reality. Milantants cannot govern!!!!

  • jen - 2011-09-29 07:31

    What an inefficient department. They are knowingly handing out grants, paid for by a handful of South Africans. I cannot believe that they have'nt designed a foolproof ID card system with all the state of the art technology that is around. I live in Kenya, a non-welfare state and here you have to work or die. Most people earn an income by selling BBQ'd corn on the side of the road or growing their own vegetables for resale. You often see 80year old ladies collecting wood to sell.

  • Blikskottel - 2011-09-29 07:44

    We told you so, but you did not want to listen.

  • Gibbonater - 2011-09-29 09:16

    An absolute joke. Are you really telling me they cant stop this. This whole filthy lot is rotten to the core. No wonder our people get frustrated and resort to violence. How dare these people receive these grants. Does no one comprehend the word ILLEGAL. Are you saying they cross the border, get their grant's and then head home?

  • RainbowZombi - 2011-09-29 11:07

    Open the borders!!, we don't have a problem with foreigners it is only xenophobia racist allogations! Please Stop complaining,you and your parents all voted what in the 1991 referendum "Yes" and how many voted in the last election and most probably to some one insignificant if you did. All you do is complain do something about it!! To the ANC open the borders "vula baba vula"

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