Katlego Suzan Phala (MPL)
DA Spokesperson on Women, Youth and Disability:
The DA has learnt of instances in Magatle Village, Limpopo, where the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has withdrawn disability grants from certified disabled people, without providing any explanation for almost two years.
The DA has learnt from a 31 year old resident, Ms Ntlhane in Magatle Village, that she is directly affected by this, and has not received a grant for almost two years.
Ms Nthlane (31) started to receive her disability grant in 2007 after collapsing and sustaining serious injuries on her leg. She received a disability grant on a provisional basis until it was converted into a permanent grant a year later after several medical examination reports.
In 2013 Ms Ntlanthe was dumfounded to discover that her grant was cancelled without valid reasons. She alleges that she was sent from pillar to post when seeking clarity but SASSA officials told her that she is no longer eligible to get the grant as she might be able to walk again.
But Ms Nthlane has medical confirmation from a Physiotherapist at Zebediela Hospital, that she will never walk again.
Withdrawing the grant of a disabled person is an unacceptable deed of cruelty, and a clear indication that SASSA makes up the rules as it goes along.
The DA has written to the Social Development MEC, Joyce Mashamba , seeking her immediate intervention to investigate the matter and take the necessary steps against the officials who are blocking the grant.
The DA will be embarking on a massive campaign to visit all the disability centres and schools across the province to check their living conditions aiming to intervene on the challenges they encounter on the daily basis.