Bulawayo — Scores of pensioners staged a protest Wednesday against "paltry" monthly pension pay-outs at the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) offices.
The protestors handed a petition outlining their dire plight to the NSSA management and the Minister of state for Bulawayo metropolitan province.
Wielding placards, the demonstrators started the protest at the Joshua Mqabuko statue in the city centre before marching to NSSA offices and Mhlahlandlela government building.
"The elders are the ones who have brought development in this city and in this country and this is contrary to the lifestyle they are living in now," reads the petition.
"They are ailing in poverty and getting less income each month. The elderly earn around $17.00 to $30.00 per month.
"This is a national cause and the elderly demand that the minister, NSSA and the Local Pensioners Fund (LAPF) look into the salaries they earn every month."
The pensioners are demanding that their monthly payments be increased to $150.
"I am receiving a monthly pension of $30. This money is so little that it can hardly sustain me and my family.
"For the entire 40 years, my late husband was contributing money to the pension fund, yet his family is now suffering," said widow Lucia Moyo.
The petition was handed over to NSSA Bulawayo regional manager, Wellington Chinembiri, while minister Angeline Masuku's staff received the document on her behalf at Mhlahlandlela government complex.