As the younger generation flocked to cash pay points to receive their grants, it was the elderly and others who were disadvantaged. Many pensioners braved the long wait because they needed the money to guy groceries.
South Africa’s child support grant — introduced in 1998 and currently at R420 a month — intended to improve the wellbeing of young children by reducing malnutrition. Over 20 years later, that is not the case.
Limpopo – Gogo Maria Lebepe (67) said she should be resting at home looking after her grandchildren but instead she is being sent from pillar to post by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) as a mix-up with her ID drags on.
An 89-year-old woman from Khujwana Village outside Tzaneen discovered she was the victim of identity theft when she went to draw her pension grant in December, only to be told that she was no longer registered on the system.
Linah Kekana, a 45 year- old Alexandra woman who is virtually immobile after contracting Elephantiasis in her left leg 12 years ago, will be receiving a social grant until she can have the surgery needed to remedy her condition.