MEC for social development visits post offices across the province to check if they comply with covid-19 regulations


MEC for social development in Limpopo, Nkakareng Rakgoale visited Westernberg post office in Polokwane following the allegations that recipients of special Covid-19 were queuing according to their race.

According to the MEC alleged allegations labelled against officials by members of the public were untrue.

During her surprise visit at Westernberg post office, Rakgoale was unimpressed by the service there and long queues for the Covid-19 social relief of distress grant.  

She described allegations as baseless but she acknowledged that some of the people queuing outside may not get assistance today.

MEC intervened and directed the South African Post Office provincial manager to immediately deploy additional staff to assist.

She urged recipients of special Covid-19 to always adhere to social distancing to ensure nobody contact the disease.

Rakgoale also visited the post office at Cycad centre in Polokwane where people queued without observing social distance.

Meanwhile in Lebowakgomo, members of the public claims post office officials’ demands bribe to assist needy recipients of R350 Covid-19 relief fund.

Neo Sedibane alleged officials at Lebowakgomo post office demanded bribe to assist her and her friends.

Neo said if you don’t bribe them then you have to prepare yourself to spend multiple days queuing for money.

“Employees must do their job without demanding any bribe from us if anyone does so they should be fired with immediate effect. I want them to be exposed,” said claimer, Neo.

Neo has called on MEC to pay visit at Lebowakgomo to expose officials who need bribe to help people.

Previously, desperate residents in Ga Marishane and Ga Masemola have also voiced their frustrations at having to stand in long queues for hours at their respectively local post office to access their R350 special Covid-19 relief funds.

Residents suggested system used to pay covid-19 was failing them therefore they wish if the government could review to avoid poor system across Sekhukhune region.

Bongani diako sapo, spokesperson, said covid-19 regulations had impacted the flow of business processes across many sectors.

Thapelo Motseo

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