DA Calls For Government To Extend SASSA Grants

The Democratic Alliance is of the opinion that the ANC Government’s lack of planning is failing disability grant beneficiaries. They now want government to extend the grants so that South Africans are given further relief.

The Democratic Alliance is of the opinion that the ANC Government’s lack of planning is failing disability grant beneficiaries. They now want government to extend the grants so that South Africans are given further relief.

In a statement from the DA's Shadow Minister of Social Development, Bridget Masango, she says:

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has learnt that thousands of disability grant beneficiaries across the country have been failed by the ANC-led government’s lack of planning and might not receive their grant this month as a result.

In order to receive the disability grant from SASSA, applicants and beneficiaries have to submit themselves to bi-annual reassessments to see what the extent of their conditions are. However, during lockdown the need for reassessments for expiring benefits was suspended and benefits were automatically extended for another few months.

DA is said to have asked government in 2020 to extend expiring grants until March 2021 so that beneficiaries could be given enough time to have reassessments done and in that way, avoid a crisis. However, in responding to this, the Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, said that doing this is too expensive and would come to an estimated R1,2 billion, read the statement.

The DA calls on Minister Zulu to, as a matter of urgency, extend the existing disability grants until at least the end of March 2021.

"As we have seen in recent days, the ANC-led national government is more than willing to shift billions to bail out failing public entities such as SAA – and yet characteristically frugal in actually spending that money on necessities such as vaccines and disability grants, in order to improve the lives of millions of ordinary South Africans."

This then shows that government's refusal to extend the grant has failed thousands of vulnerable South Africans, as the DA says, and that it further failed the country when government was unprepared to deal with the predictable flood of beneficiaries who needed reassessments.

The statement then boldly says, "As always, it is as a result of the ANC government’s skewed fiscal and political priorities, and a complete lack of planning ability, that ordinary South Africans now suffer needlessly."

In July, SASSA appointed a total of 465 doctors around the country to help with the application process of disability grants. Zulu then proceeded to say that SASSA will be giving priority to applicants who were assessed before the lockdown, but did not complete the administrative process. 

To read the full statement from the DA, click here.

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