SASSA Has A Backlog Of Grant Applications

Due to the lapsing of temporary disability grants and the suspension of thousands of grants which have to be re-applied for, SASSA has said that they are suffering from a backlog of applications. 

Due to the lapsing of temporary disability grants and the suspension of thousands of grants which have to be re-applied for, SASSA has said that they are suffering from a backlog of applications. 

 

SASSA's Temporary Disability Grants which were given an extension until December 2020 have now lapsed. This extension entailed that medical reviews would not be required to receive payment. Now that we're in January, applicants now have to receive a medical review in order for their application to be looked at.

Now, SASSA has suspended 210 778 grants which lead to a backlog of grant payments as people wanting to benefit from the grant and those who already were, rush to get medical reviews in order to receive payment.

SASSA CEO, Busi Memela, said:

We get an allocation over a continuous basis. Over a month, which we have just recently come from, we get about R15 billion from National Treasury to cover all the grants that we have.

"Treasury gave us an allocation of about R15 billion on a monthly basis to pay people that actually qualify for the grant. It is because, in terms of the regulations and in terms of the social security act, the process is such that every six to twelve months, depending on what the doctor decided on, the grant would then lapse."

SASSA is said to have a budget of R180 billion for grants for 2021. 

The temporary disability grant helps more than 200 000 South Africans who are temporarily unable to work due to a medical condition for six to twelve months.

They would need to go to the doctor, get assessed and then receive a letter from the doctor. Following this, they would then apply for the grant and then be seen by one of SASSA's medical doctors. From here, SASSA then decides whether they qualify or not.

If it lapses, you therefore need to start the process again and re-apply because we can't assume that the person is still temporarily disabled because some conditions do improve because of medication or it's own based on what the case is.

- Busi Memela

Memela says that applicants could have applied earlier but decided to do so at the last minute which now sees SASSA experiencing a backlog of grants which lapsed at the same time.

Conditions which would lead to an individual not being able to work and needing the grant could vary. Memela explained that you could have a permanent condition which the doctor could rule would have you not be able to work permanently. This individual would not receive the temporary disability grant and rather SASSA's regular disability grant.

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