Shaanaaz de Jager WEEKEND POST REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
A NELSON Mandela Bay family’s ride on the gravy train has come to an abrupt end after proof of their rich shenanigans was found at a garbage dump.
The Redhouse family fooled the municipality for three years by claiming to be “poor”, but allegedly drive around in fancy vehicles. The family had somehow qualified for the municipal assistance to the poor (ATTP) subsidy without justification.
A fellow Redhouse resident who stumbled upon a municipal statement listing the family as “poor”, approached DA councillor Terry Herbst to expose them. The resident had found the document on a dump site.
In a letter to the municipality, Herbst says the family “has two BMWs, the property they occupy is valued at about R1-million, and their grass is constantly watered”. Yet, according to an account statement, the ATTP applicant is “unemployed and getting family support”.
Herbst said he had an invoice indicating that on March 12 there was a balance of R5355.90 “for water, electricity, refuse removal and general rates”, which they now owe the municipality.