Vaal UIF supervisor addressing applicants without a mask

Vanderbijlpark UIF branch Supervisor Lucia Rantsolase addressing applicants with her mask under the chin

By Lunga Mkhize

Government pay points and UIF application offices are turning out to be breeding spots for COVID 19. No effort is being done any more to enforce social distancing and wearing of masks.

Vaal Observer visited a Post Office and UIF office in Vanderbijlpark. The Supervisor of the UIF Vanderbijlpark branch, Lucia Rantsolase, was seen by Vaal Observer addressing scores of applicants without properly putting on her mask.

Rantsolane’s mask was on her chin when she walked into the crowd to announce that the system was down and asked the applicants to go back home. She was not even maintaining the required 1.5 m social distance when she engaged the applicants who also shouted back at close range.

When Vaal Observer asked her why she was not putting on her mask, Rantsolase said, “Sorry,” as she pulled her mask up

A crowd of more than a hundred applicants cramped themselves on the verandah of the building without maintaining any social distance. A few didn’t have masks covering their faces as per lockdown rules. There were no security guards manning the crowds.

The same situation was at the Post Office where a huge crowd of people waiting for their Sassa grants congregated without any regard of maintaining social distance. Chairs lined up inside the Post Offices didn’t even have an allowance for social distancing. Post Office Area manager, Leilani Mauri, said it was not possible to enforce the maintenance of social distance on such a huge crowd.

“We tried that but failed, even the police have given up. These people do not care about that anymore. All they want is their money and not these stories of maintaining social distance,” said Mauri who was interviewed in between her work load of approving payments.

According to statistics released by the Gauteng Health Department today, there are 10063 cases of COVID 19 in Emfuleni which covers Vanderbijlpark, 6777 recoveries, Lesedi sub-district has1868 cases and 1069 recoveries while Midvaal has 1422 cases but recorded 731 recoveries.

There are 13 3397 Covid 19 cases in Sedibeng and 8577 recoveries

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