The SACP national spokesperson, Alex Mashilo, made the proposal in a press briefing hosted on Thursday.
"As part of the alliance, the SACP has proposed that South Africa should consider a minimum income support grant, especially taking into account long-term structural unemployment where the unemployed do not have any form of a grant or are not covered by the Unemployment Insurance Fund."
When SASSA was called for a comment, the spokesperson, Lumka Oliphant said:
"The Department of Social Development is not in a position to make the grant permanent now. We only have funding for 6 months. Only Treasury can answer that. We can implement what we have funding for."
It is only a matter of time until the 6 month period comes to an end, and millions of South Africans will be looking to SASSA for a way forward.