‘Dear Baby ma­mas, your money’s been there, come get it’

Observer on Saturday - - News - By Bodwa Mbingo

Gov­ern­ment has come out to dis­pel re­ports that gov­ern­ment used money meant for child main­te­nance to pay its debts, stat­ing that the money has al­ways been there and that ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the funds should come to the DPM’s of­fice to col­lect their dues.

Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary (PS) in the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter (DPM)’s of­fice Kh­wangeziwe Mabuza yes­ter­day said fol­low­ing an ar­ti­cle that ap­peared in one of the coun­try’s daily pub­li­ca­tions yes­ter­day in­sin­u­at­ing that child main­te­nance money has been used to pay gov­ern­ment debts, she wished to dis­pel such re­ports.

Grossly

“The ar­ti­cle is both grossly in­ac­cu­rate and mis­lead­ing. No child main­te­nance funds have been used by gov­ern­ment for any other project other than the in­tended pur­pose.

The de­lay in pay­ment for a sec­tion of ben­e­fi­cia­ries has been caused by rel­e­vant pay­ment pro­cesses, which have now been cleared and com­pleted,” she stated.

The PS then ad­vised that the ben­e­fi­cia­ries can come and col­lect their money at the var­i­ous of­fices of the deputy prime min­is­ter’s of­fice on the known days, start­ing from next week.

Caused

“Any in­con­ve­nience caused by ei­ther mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion or lack of proper care ex­tended by our em­ploy­ees at the var­i­ous points of col­lec­tion is highly re­gret­ted,” added the PS.

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