Cllr Jonathan Annipen of the MF together with Women Ablaze Foundation chairwoman, Thesesa Moodley.
Thousands of pensioners have been defrauded of their old age grant and disability pensions. This is the result of cloned cards. This syndicate has left thousands of vulnerable pensioners at a loss.
Minority Front councillor, Jonathan Annipen said that he received numerous complaints from senior citizens regarding this challenge.
He said that action would definitely be taken if the matter is not rectified immediately.
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“These are disadvantaged people, who depend on their pensions to survive. Many of them had their pensions withdrawn at ATMs outside the province and even in rural areas. They have proven that their cards were with them when these transactions occur. Many of these transactions take place in the early hours of the morning. There is clearly a sinister element at play therefore SASSA and the Post Bank needs to act swiftly to resolve their matter,” he explained.
Founder of Women Ablaze Foundations, Mrs Theresa Moodley, who is also a victim of this scam, said that it is an absolute travesty of sorts that seniors are victims of such crimes.
“I have worked with senior citizens in this town for more than 20 years. Our focus is on women, and our research shows that women are the most likely target of this scam. I have also been a statistic. As an organisation, we will support the MF in their fight,” she said.
Anyone who has fallen prey to this scam can contact Cllr Jonathan Annipen on 031 500-7580 or 076-187-7488.