The DLC team efficiently assisted Mr Selvan Pillay, who is an amputee.
Selvan Pillay, an amputee who struggled to walk, recently approached the SASSA offices in Phoenix for disability grant application forms.
The pensioner alleges that he was given the run-around until he was advised by a community member to approach the DLC offices.
“I was turned away three times by the counter officials. I have been unemployed since 2017 and I had no choice but to apply for a disability grant because I could not work,” said Pillay.
Leader of the Democratic Liberal Congress, Cllr Patrick Pillay, said that he was shocked to hear that although the resident had the hospital letter requesting for disability grant forms, he was still refused.
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“I see a lot more at play at the SASSA offices based on the refusal of the disability forms. Therefore, the DLC is calling for an investigation into this matter. Any person has a right to the application forms once they have a letter from their consulting clinic or hospital addressed to SASSA,” Cllr Pillay added.
He further revealed that no officials have the right to refuse these forms or inform the members of public that they do not qualify for disability grant without the district surgeon assessing them after all administrative documents have been submitted by the patient.
The resident said that it was only after the DLC made representations to SASSA, that he was assisted accordingly.
“It is important that the community know their rights, hence my approach to the DLC,” the senior citizen concluded.