SACP Wants R350 Grant To Be Permanent

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The South African Communist Party (SACP) has called for the SASSA R350 covid-19 grant to be made permanent. The grant was introduced in April and intended to last for a duration of 6 months.

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. 

 


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