Pensioner's death not a result of negligence, says family

 

Gauteng acting social development MEC Panyaza Lesufi has visited the home of one of the pensioners who died this week. Ellen Mbhele passed away before she could receive her SASSA grant. Her family says they are deeply saddened by her passing. But they say her death was not a result of negligence. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng acting social development MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the home of the pensioner who died earlier this week.

Ellen Mbhele passed away before she could receive her Sassa grant.

Her family says they are deeply saddened by her passing.

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They, however, say her death was not a result of negligence.

“She collapsed on her way to the pension paypoint. She was on her way where they collect their grants at the Post Office," said her niece Phumzile Kheswa.

 "This did not happen because of the long queues, it did not happen because of negligence caused by anyone. It was time.”

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Lesufi says the department will do all it can to support the family.

"We have made our team available to speak to the family and make the necessary arrangements", he said. 

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