Thousands of Community Health Workers in Gauteng have been told they will not be paid at the end of this month but only by 6 December.
Yesterday they received the following message from SmartPurse, the controversial company that is being paid R87 million to pay about 7000 CHWs over a three year period:
“Dear Valued CHW! Please be advised that stipends for Nov will be paid by the 6th Dec. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. For more info call 0879437236.”
This late payment is outrageous as CHWs only earn R2500 and have bills to pay like everyone else.
They are expected to play a key role in preventing and treating HIV/Aids, but will now be unpaid tomorrow on World AIDS day (1 December).
This is what one CHW said in a whatsapp message “they really don’t care, people are going to be homeless, no food for our kids no christmas clothes”.
SmartPurse should be fired as they have not solved the long-standing problem of late payment to CHWs.
It’s one more bungle by Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu who still resists accountability for the deaths of 37 psychiatric patients sent to unsuitable NGOs.
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health
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