KWAZULU- NATAL – Mzwemphi Zuma has fallen prey to alleged social grant fraud.
The 62-year-old has been left abandoned in the rural village of Mkhomazana outside Underberg, while a distant relative allegedly spends his pension pay-out.
The Department of Social Development has gone on a massive drive to re-register social grant beneficiaries in an effort to flush out fraudulent claims.
But this campaign has brought no relief to Zuma, whose was allegedly re-registered by his family and later abandoned.
He says a distant relative by the name of Madlala is allegedly robbing him of his monthly pension grant.
When Zuma goes to collect his grant, he claims they scan his fingers and then give Madlala the money. Madadla then departs with the money, leaving him with nothing
Zuma has survived purely on the mercy of community members who have been offering him food.
The Social Development department had hoped that its drive to re-register at least 11 million grant recipients would have eradicated such situations.
But Zuma's case seems to be one which has fallen through the cracks.
The department says it is fully aware of his plight and is investigating.