Calls For SASSA To Extend Grants
Calls are growing for the Temporary Disability Grants to be extended as these social grants help many people provide for their families while they are unable to work.
Black Sash believes that the Temporary Disability Grants need to be extended until the end of March. These grants lapsed at the end of December 2020 which affected more than 200 000 recipients.
For the past few weeks, hundreds of beneficiaries have been queuing outside SASSA offices trying to renew their grants.
Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu admitted that the government should have done more planning to ensure that beneficiaries are not waiting in long queues outside the SASSA offices.
Unfortunately, there was an incident in Bellville where the police used water cannons to separate the elderly and disabled outside SASSA offices for not social distancing.
Mondli Gungubele, Social Development Portfolio Committee Chairperson, said that they are planning to meet up on 20 January 2021 to discuss how they can improve things.
He is concerned that people have had to sleep outside SASSA offices and wait in long queues in order to reapply for their grants and receive their social grants.
Gungubele stated that there are certain procedures to follow before the grants can be extended, which is why beneficiaries are asked to be patient with SASSA.
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