Namibian mothers who give false information about their children to qualify for social grants will be forced to pay back the money, an official said Saturday.
Orphans and vulnerable children receive 250 Namibian dollars (about 18 U.S. dollars) per month for maintenance, foster parent, special maintenance and vulnerability.
Latest figures released in March 2017 indicate that more than 280,000 children receive the grants.
Amos Boois, an administrative officer with the gender equality ministry told a community meeting in Windhoek Saturday some parents, especially mothers, claim that they do not know their children’s fathers or that the fathers are unemployed.
Others, according to Boois, do not tell the ministry that they earn more than 1,000 Namibia dollars (about 70 U.S. dollars) just to qualify for the grant.
He said some mothers do not stay with their children, but still, they apply for the grant.
As a result of false information some mothers give, Boois said, the gender equality ministry turns down more than 30 applications per month.
He said it is a crime to pretend that fathers are not supporting their children while it is not the case.
He emphasized that mothers who registered their children with false information and are found guilty would have to pay the money back. Enditem