The SASSA R350 Special Relief Distress Grant has been the hot topic in the country this month as the grant is set to come to an end this month. To be more specific, many calls are being made to Government for the grant to be extended.
Recently, a fake message went around saying that SASSA has decided to extend the grant. SASSA then took to their social media pages to set the record straight and said:
Please note that the below information is FALSE and does NOT come from SASSA. The special COVID-19 temporary SRD grant will be paid only until the end of October 2020 to successful and approved applicants.
The image shared by the agency was the following:
Those who are rejected and are not happy with their application outcome are encouraged to either call 0800 60 10 11 or email [email protected] with their complaints in order to access the recourse mechanism.
The Institute for Economic Justice warns discontinuation of the grants will lead to a humanitarian crisis. Neil Coleman from the institute said that millions of jobs were lost due to Covid-19 and this grant has therefore helped individuals like these.
Calls have come for the grant to not only be extended, but to also be increased to R585. The cost of doing this for the next five months would amount to less than R40 billion which Coleman says might sound like a lot but is only between 1% and 2% of the budget. This is also a small price to pay for two thirds of the population, says Coleman.
There hasn’t been any suggest that, for example, there’s been massive corruption in the payments of the Covid grant or the caregivers grant. These are monies that are going directly to the people as opposed to other projects, which are riddled with all sorts of problems
– Neil Coleman
The National Treasury has said that it is not considering extending the grant and that it won’t be providing for this.
This is seen as an ignorant and ridiculous response according to organisations and many are demanding that the political leadership takes responsibility in the country. Research has been documented and sent to the leadership and many are hoping that the National Treasury agrees to engage on this proposal to extend and increase the grant, said Coleman.
The Cabinet met this week to finalise the budget which is expected to be announced on 21 October.
Please note that the below information is FALSE and does NOT come from SASSA. The special COVID-19 temporary SRD grant will be paid only until the end of October 2020 to successful and approved applicants. #SASSACARES @The_DSD @GCISMedia @GovernmentZA @nda_rsa pic.twitter.com/aWfDHT15UA
— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) October 14, 2020
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