SUFFER DUE TO FRAUD IN WELFARE DEPARTMENT
STATEMENT ISSUED BY PROF LM MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR WELFARE
The UDM is disgusted with the provincial welfare department in the Eastern
Cape that "lost" more than R18 million since January through theft and
pilferage committed by welfare officials.
The effects of such losses are far-reaching. Most pensioners in South
Africa, especially in the Eastern Cape, are solely dependent on these
grants. Since fraud, late payments and non-payment is such a frequent
occurrence many of our elderly do not have the means to attend to their
In a shockingly misguided attempt to curb the wave of fraud and corruption,
the department wrongfully struck off the roll close to a 100 disability
grant recipients. This has resulted in an embarrassing court action to
reinstate those struck off the roll and has highlighted the dysfunctional
state of this department.
The UDM calls upon the Minister of Welfare to urgently attend to this
horrific situation, which is causing many South Africans to suffer
unnecessarily on a daily basis.
Prof LM Mbadi, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Welfare
11 May 2001