EDITORIAL | There’s too much at stake for Sassa to mess up yet again
It’s easy for Sassa to pass off Monday’s grants’ debacle as a ‘system glitch’. Its employees get regular salaries
It was a pitiable sight. Gogo Johanna, a 77-year-old woman in Tsakane, Ekurhuleni, shuffled up the road last Thursday to the centre operated by the African Children’s Feeding Scheme (ACFS) to remind them not to forget to give her a food parcel.
She walked to the centre hand in hand with her 10-year-old granddaughter, a tiny, thin child, the whites of her eyes yellowed. She had previously suffered liver disease, her granny said.
Workers from the 75-year-old charity told Gogo Johanna that the food parcels were to be handed out door-to-door to prevent a crush of desperate people and a rush on the truck containing them. By the time the deliveries began just more than an hour later, the desperate woman, whose pension feeds herself, four grandchildren and an unemployed adult daughter, had gone to remind them a further three times...