KZN pen­sion­ers ad­dress Par­lia­ment over pay­outs

Cape Times - - METRO - KAREN SINGH [email protected]

AF­TER lis­ten­ing to Fi­nance Min­is­ter Tito Mboweni’s Medium-term Bud­get speech, seven women felt pen­sion­ers were be­ing ig­nored by the gov­ern­ment so they trav­elled to Cape Town yes­ter­day to ad­dress Par­lia­ment.

The pen­sion­ers, mem­bers of the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg Pen­sion­ers Fo­rum, trav­elled by bus.

Hav­ing re­ceived only a R10 in­crease ear­lier this month, Doreen Tay­lor said the group de­cided to go to Par­lia­ment af­ter they had writ­ten a let­ter and re­ceived a neg­a­tive re­sponse.

“We de­cided to go to Par­lia­ment our­selves when they told us there was no money.

“We spoke and even though a so­lu­tion wasn’t reached im­me­di­ately, our com­plaints were heard.”

Julie Smith, a re­searcher for the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg Eco­nomic Jus­tice and Dig­nity Group, who ac­com­pa­nied the women, said they spoke to the stand­ing com­mit­tee on fi­nance di­rectly.

The pen­sion­ers re­ceive R1 700 a month and are ask­ing for a bonus in De­cem­ber of an ad­di­tional R1 700.

“We start out ev­ery year in ter­ri­ble debt and this year is go­ing to be much worse.

“We stand in the queue to col­lect the old age grant and then go and stand in the line to bor­row money,” said fo­rum mem­ber Thina Ogogo.

The group has also asked the com­mit­tee to in­crease their pen­sion to a liv­ing wage of R8 000.

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