Why must poor suffer for your ineptitude, Sassa?

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Why must poor suffer for your ineptitude, Sassa?

And what does the agency tell the tens of thousands affected by grant backlog? The ‘inconvenience’ is ‘acknowledged’

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Sunburned, dehydrated and hungry, Lizette Greenwood refills a large plastic container with water from a fire hydrant, before settling down to sleep on the street.

She doesn’t know whether the water is drinkable, but leaving her spot in a queue where some people have waited for days and nights is not an option.

Greenwood is one of hundreds of temporary disability and care-dependency grant applicants waiting outside the Bellville office of the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa), exposed to scorching heat by day and the dangers of the streets at night. The situation is similar at other Sassa branches in Cape Town...

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