Congress of the People has been approached by a number of pensioners who have been unable to withdraw their money from SASSA in the last few days.
In fact, many pensioners who queued up at Checkers in Canal Walk on Sunday evening heard repeated announcements over the PA system in the store that there was no money to be accessed and therefore pensioners could not be assisted.
It is utterly shocking that since Sunday the government has done nothing to address the matter. COPE is now being approached by pensioners from other parts of the country. There is serious trouble at SASSA it would seem.
We demand that the Minister who is notorious for dishing out food parcels days before the election should square with pensioners and disclose exactly what is happening at SASSA. COPE believes that something serious has happened and that pensioners are consequently suffering serious distress because of that.