Hendrika Kruger MPL
Spokesperson on Social Development
The DA wants urgent action to address the disgusting and dangerous conditions at the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) offices at 1 De Villiers Street in downtown Johannesburg.
Older persons and women collecting their grants are left with only one toilet and a filthy basin, whereas men have two toilets but blocked basins.
The floor plugs are broken and wiring has been openly neglected with children playing on the floor. The floors themselves are filthy dirty and the water tower has been empty (and presumably broken) for over a week now leaving people with nothing to drink. The room is also very stuffy without any working air-conditioning.
Furthermore, there are only two finger print machines working with approximately 150 people waiting to be served. One of the applicants arrived at 07:00 but was still 4th in the row to have their fingerprints taken by 13:15.
The DA in Gauteng demands urgent intervention from SASSA and the national Department of Social Development to address the dire conditions at the office.
People who depend on their grants to sustain themselves and their families should not have to endure such humiliating and filthy conditions.