Pensioners protest outside Parliament over payouts
The group has blocked three entrances to Parliament. They’re demanding their pension payouts.
CAPE TOWN - Former government railway employees who are demanding their pension payouts, have blocked the three entrances to Parliament .
The group of elderly people were employed by the South African Transport Services and the Ciskei Transport Corporation in the 1980s.
It's the fourth time in four years that they've slept outside Parliament since 2014 after winning a court case ordering the payout.
PensionProtest “How long must our children go to bed hungry because the govt. refuses what's rightfully ours.” XK pic.twitter.com/x1GDrH4L0k— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) May 5, 2016
The group claims several government officials and MPs promised that their benefits would be paid today.
Instead of receiving their payouts, they were met by police at Parliament.
The elderly men and women have been picketing outside Parliament for the last three weeks, sometimes sleeping on the streets surrounding the national legislature. They claim they have written to the president, requesting him to approve their payouts.