While the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) continues paying out the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant. There are beneficiaries whose applications were declined, submitted their application appeals and are yet to receive their SRD grant payment.
Speaking during an interview about how this is affecting South Africans, Regional Manager for Black Sash Gauteng, Thandiwe Zulu said that the rising cost of living has put many disadvantaged people in a horrible situation, as they are unable to purchase basic necessities.
People have not been paid and it is such an unfortunate situation because people are sitting at home, hungry.
According to Zulu, the grant verification procedure has been inefficient, putting many people in a tough situation. She further states that the slow pace of the application process undermines the purpose of the SRD grant.
Blacksash also believes that there is merit to the repeat of the verification process, the pace at which it is being carried out is questionable and ineffective. She adds that this is particularly the case because they did not anticipate the re-application process that came with the extension of the SRD grant to 2023 earlier this year.
In response during a media briefing on Thursday after Cabinet's meeting, Mondli Gungubele, Minister in the Presidency, reaffirmed the government's commitment to pay beneficiaries the R350 Social Relief of Distress Grants (SRD) grant.
This government will always fulfil whatever undertaking it has [with regards to the SRD]. If there was a period of non-payment on behalf of this government, we will make that apology.
He went on to say that the debut of the Social Employment Fund was well received by the executive. The fund is a collaboration between the IDC, the Presidency, and the Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition (dtic).