SASSA to answer for delays of SRD grant in the W.Cape
The DA’s Western Cape Spokesperson on Social Development, Dan Plato, says he will invite the South African Social Security agency (SASSA) to appear before the standing committee on Social Development to explain the delays in processing applications for the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grants In the province.
‘’The last few weeks have brought to light disturbing reports of grant recipients struggling to access their funds, with SASSA policies forcing people to reapply under a new legislative framework. The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape considers it imperative to resolve this situation as quickly as possible,’’ said Plato.
The grant was initially introduced and distributed under the Disaster Management Act to provide relief to poor people and those left vulnerable due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During his State of the Nation address in February, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the R350 grant would be extended to the end of March 2023. More than 10 million people depend on this money.
“Many in our province rely on the SRD grant to alleviate the economic burden of the State of Disaster and its aftermath. However, it would appear that no provision has been made for the legislative challenges brought on by the ending of the State of Disaster, and that too many beneficiaries have been forced to struggle with red tape in order to access their money,’’ said Plato.
‘’Many have not yet received their payments for April, even as the next month looms. For this reason, the legislature will be inviting SASSA to understand how this situation will be resolved and in order to explain their approach to these challenges,” added Plato.
Done By: Mitchum George