Maintenance not paid because of ‘signature’
Since the year began, civil servants’s alaries have been paid on time. This cannot be said for women who garnished their former partners for maintenance of their children.
Civil servant’s salaries were paid without a hitch over the last two weeks but when it came to dissemination of cheques of mothers who went to court to challenge the failure by fathers to pay for maintenace.
Government payroll is done on the first two weeks of the month and thereafter, salaries are disseminated according to ministry.
On the other hand, maintenance cheques are released a week later and collected by either the magistrate’s court or social welfare officials.
From Tuesday, when the cheques were expected to be collected around the different centres in the country, mothers were told to check the next day. On Wednesday, there were still no cheques to be received by mothers.
When the ministry of finance Principal Secretary Bheki Bhembe was contacted on Thursday, his cellular phone rang unanswered.
However, according to junior staff at the Treasury Department, they had a meeting over a week
ago where they were alerted that a ‘machine’ for specimen signature had malfunctioned and a new one was needed.
“We have been using the faulty one for months on end whereas we thought the new one was on t he way,” an employee said. Revealing their current operations in light of this, the employee said those who were lucky were those who received cheques in small groups.
“If its five cheques, they get signed without any problem,” he said.
Considering that the mothers expecting maintenance are in their thousands, this causes delays in disseminating t hem. “The maintenance cheques are together with those belonging to community health motivators. I things they have not been paid in the last two months,” the employee said.
He explained that the cheques are usually released on the same day and so they have to all be signed before release.