ANC in Parly confident pensioner concerns can be resolved

Pensioners of the Ciskei Transport Corporation in 80s have been battling to get pensions paid out to them.

FILE: Pensioners protest at Parliament on 5 May 2016. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament says it will be difficult to address concerns of pensioners who have been protesting outside the National Legislature, but it is confident the matter can be resolved.

Some of the elderly men, who were employed by the South African Transport Services and the Ciskei Transport Corporation in the 1980s, have been battling for years to get pensions paid out to them.

They have staged demonstrations outside Parliament for the last three weeks, and some have veen been detained.

ANC Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says the fact that the cases predate 1994 is proving a challenge.

"It will obviously be very difficult. That is why an investigation needs to take place. In the interim, let's get the Department of Labour to assist."

Mothapo says the party is concerned about their so-called representatives' behaviour.

"He has been very rude, belligerent and someone who seems to be in on a path of self-promotion."