Gogo Nontuthuzelo Handile from Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) thanks Scrolla.Africa for making sure that she gets her Sassa grant.
When the gogo went to the Kenako Post Office on 3 February, the tellers told her that her money had been withdrawn at an FNB ATM. But gogo, who lives in KwaZakhele township, only uses her fingerprint and never used a bank.
The officials said gogo was defrauded of her own grant – including the three foster grants for grandchildren to a total of R5,000 – while resetting her pin.
But on Thursday, gogo received more money than that.
“I had sleepless nights and my grandchildren were reluctant to go to school without a lunch box. They kept on asking when they went back to school if there would be enough food for them. That question was like a sharp pain in my heart,” she said.
“I vomited for three days on end and I had a runny tummy. I was so stressed,” she said.
Gogo said without Scrolla.Africa she wouldn’t have received her money.
“When I told your journalist about my problem, officials called me. They took me to the post office where I was asked to fill in forms.
“On Thursday I saw R9,700 being deposited into my account. I don’t know where the other money comes from. I think it was an additional Covid-19 relief fund which I never received,” said gogo.
“Without you and my ancestors I would be dead by now because of hunger and stress.”
Tommy van Rooyen, the Sarah Baartman District manager for Sapo, said: “I’m glad she has been helped. But I’m not privileged to the decision the Post Bank makes.”