HUNDREDS of pensioners thronged financial institutions yesterday morning, with some claiming to have slept in queues hoping to access their pay-outs.
Nqobile Bhebhe/ Luyanduhlobo Makwati
Southern Eye observed scores of pensioners standing in long winding queues outside POSB Bank 13th Avenue branch.
The situation was the same at POSB 9th Avenue branch.
Security guards had a torrid time controlling the crowd who wanted to forcibly gain entry into the banking halls.
Some claimed to have slept in the queues and frequently soaked by the rains.
By mid-morning, some pensioners said they had failed to access any pay-outs, as the bank officials said there were no deposits made by the government.
Pensioners were expecting their money on the 10th as they have been informed by Treasury over the last months.
One of the government pensioners Zenzo Ndlovu told Southern Eye that no effort to communicate formally was made by the relevant authorities.
“We have been queuing at the banks for days and there is nothing at all. We have asked our banks and they have told us that the money that is there is only from NSSA and the government has not paid us anything,” he said.
“War veterans have been paid while some of us who educated the nation haven’t received anything.We are appealing to the government to treat us fairly because what they are doing is not good.”
Silibaziso Ncube said: “I came here as early as 2am and found many people already in the queue. It drizzled in the early hours of the morning and I got soaked. A few minutes after the bank opened we were told there is no money for us. We just don’t know what’s going on.”
Another pensioner, Andrew Mutasa said his festive season preparations was now off-track.
He said he had hoped to access the funds to also buy maize seeds.
“As for Christmas I would rather forget accessing the money before the day. We are too many of us here (at the bank). I had planned to use part of the money to buy maize seeds,” Mutasa.
However, some of people in the queues said they had to withdraw their normal savings.