Durban - After listening to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s medium-term budget speech, seven women felt they were being ignored by government as pensioners and travelled to Cape Town to address Parliament and ask for a bonus and increase in their state stipend.
The pensioners, who are part of the Pietermaritzburg Pensioners Forum, travelled for hours by bus and finally reached Cape Town on Wednesday morning.
Having only received a R10 increase earlier this month, pensioner Doreen Taylor said the group decided to go to Parliament after they had written a letter and received a negative response.
“We decided to go to Parliament ourselves when they told us there was no money. We spoke and they welcomed us even though a solution wasn't reached immediately, our complaints were heard,” said Taylor.
Julie Smith, a researcher for the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity Group, who accompanied the ladies said what is important is that the pensioners spoke to the Standing Committee on Finance directly and put their argument across.
“We hope they listened and will explore and consider their options,” she said.
The pensioners receive R1 700 monthly and are asking for a bonus in December of an additional R1 700 which will make the total sum R3 400.