'If the dole was held up like this there would be war'
Published 26/11/2016 | 06:30
"It's not fair to me that I have to go to bed tonight knowing that Revenue is due to be paid tomorrow and I don't have the money to pay them."
That was the reaction of Joe (not his real name) recently when he found out that his Basic Payment application had not been cleared for payment.
Thousands of farmers have been waiting for their Basic Payment and ANC monies since the middle of October.
However, behind the competing stats and PR battles around the number of applicants paid and unpaid are real life stories like Joe's.
"The Basic Payment keeps me in the black for the period necessary for the bank overdraft, it pays the taxman and settles a lot of the small bills," he explained.
Joe has had payments delayed twice before through no fault of his own. This year it seemed like everything was OK for payment until he rang the Department in the first half of October and was informed that he had been selected for a satellite inspection.
Since then he's been on a merry-go-round, ringing the Department every single week.
"It's been an extremely frustrating few weeks. You ring up the Department [of Agriculture] and the lady says you're application has not come through yet and to ring back next week.