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SAHRC must investigate Ria van Straaten's humiliation - FF+

Anton Alberts
11 April 2013

Anton Alberts calls for SASSA officials who made pensioner sing for her grant to be disciplined

FF Plus to approach Human Rights Commission about humiliation of pensioner

The Freedom Front Plus will be submitting a complaint to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) following the incident in which an 84 year old woman from Newcastle, Mrs. Ria van Straaten was forced to sing before her old age pension was paid out to her (see Witness report).

The party also demands the immediate firing of the personnel who had been involved in the incident and insists that the relevant personnel are ordered by the HRC to compensate Mrs. Van Straaten for the trauma and humiliation which she had to suffer.

Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus' spokesperson on social development says that Mrs. Van Straaten is still so traumatised and humiliated that she does not want to speak about the incident.

 "We will be submitting a complaint with the Human Rights Commission and the Public Service Commission against the manager of the relevant office.

 "The Public Service Commission should investigate this and we insist that the guilty parties are never again appointed in the public service.

 "It is scandalous that an old lady, who merely wanted to fetch her pension, had been humiliated in this manner. It is proof that the government pays only lip service when it comes to equal treatment of minorities," Adv. Alberts said.

Statement issued by Adv. Anton Alberts, FF Plus spokesperson: Social Development, April 11 2013

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Govt welfare officials have given new meaning to the expression “sing for your supper”. Ria van Straaten, a frail 87-year-old from Newcastle, was ordered to sing over a public address system before she could collect her R1 200 grant at a pension paypoint in the town last month. This angered the woman’s son, Braam (63), who told The Witness yesterday he would lodge a complaint with Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini... Braam van Straaten said his mother was mortified and too embarrassed to speak to the media. He said a SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) official had refused to assist his mother unless she sang. At first his mom thought it was a joke, he said, but the Sassa official gave her a microphone and the rest of the staff laughed as they looked on."
Witness, April 10 2013
 

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Sies! Making an old lady sing for her supper!
Cretins!

by Brett on April 11 2013, 21:10
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forcing the elderly woman to sing for her pension
utterly appalling - reminiscent of the ways in which SS goons mocked and abused Jews in Nazi Germany. This has to go to court. The vile people who did this have to be prosecuted.

by Bonzo on April 11 2013, 23:10
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Where is Zuma?
It would appear Zuma is ok with this reversed racism as he himself has not come forward to condemn such cruelty?
If another race, he would have jumped out of his seat to run there and say something stupid!
But...........the countries overseas . .more

by Karen on April 12 2013, 07:26
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constitution
teh bill of right and constitution allow this, it states that people are allowed to abuse whites if it is because of the apartheid past, Just like affirmative action. in SA today white's are trash and will never be allowed to or shown any respect. they . .more

by Mike on April 12 2013, 08:29
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Typical Black Racists.
Great example of Black racism.

by Henri on April 12 2013, 13:56
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Both sides of coin
It's important to get the other side of the story. De-humanising an elderly is not acceptable at all.

by Lehlogonolo on April 12 2013, 15:53
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Now wait and see .
Will this create the same hype etc. than the Reitz incident .

by Kreef on April 12 2013, 18:16
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@ Lehlogonolo
What other side of the story could there possibly be?
What on earth could an octagenarian have done to deserve this humiliation?
You are trying to defend the indefensible! Come on!

by RogerH on April 12 2013, 20:06
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@Lehlogonolo -- Both Sides of the Coin???
Both sides of the coin? What other side of the story could there possibly be?
What on earth could an octagenarian have possibly done to deserve this humiliation?
Come on! You're trying to defend the indefensible!!!

by RogerH on April 12 2013, 20:10
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