The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) staff have found hundreds of people sleeping outside their gates for the past few days. It appears that due to the backlog issue, people have been turned away and have no other choice but to return the next day to receive their social grant which they desperately need.
The backlog issue involved the granting of renewed medical certificates for people to qualify for temporary disability relief.
Hoodah Abrahams-Fayker, Black Sash National Advocacy Manager, believes that there is no reason why these disability grants should stop since SASSA's budget has shown that there is enough money available to cover these grants.
Abrahams-Fayker does not think that it's in the best interest of these vulnerable people to be sleeping outside the offices especially in light of the current pandemic. By sleeping in crowds, they are exposing themselves to the virus.
Black Sash understands that for these beneficiaries to continue receiving this disability grant they need to be seen by a health practitioner employed by the government, however, due to the current pandemic, there is a shortage of these doctors. Hence, Black Sash requests that more doctors are set aside to see to these beneficiaries.
These beneficiaries do have the right to security, hence, they deserve an extension on the temporary disability grant to help them provide for themselves and their families.
Black Sash commends SASSA for the good work that they have done during this pandemic, however, they believe that more could be done to help the people of South Africa, especially since the country is still living with the impact of COVID-19.