SASSA R350 Grant News Today
(COSATU) encourages the government to pay beneficiaries what they are owed, including arrears. COSATU finds it unacceptable that the Special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grants have not been distributed to beneficiaries in April and May.
Pay R350 Grant beneficiaries Now – COSATU tells SASSA
COSATU stated that it is “callous for the Department of Social Development, Treasury and SASSA to have allowed this to happen. The administrative chaos and bureaucracy that is causing the failure to put the necessary verification and payment systems in place is scandalous”.
According to the union, it means that the government has denied its public undertaking that people will be paid their grants in a timely fashion. Not only have these recipients not received their grants but they have also not received any reason as to why their payments are delayed.
The signing of agreements with banks needs to be finalised by the government to facilitate the grant payments. The union suggests that the government also reinstates the Post Office as a pay point to provide beneficiaries who live in rural areas and townships with a more accessible pay point.
“It is the role of government to ensure that there are adequate social protection and security nets to ensure that millions who receive SRD grants and depend upon them are not left destitute. The delays are inhumane and should not continue to happen,” said COSATU.
COSATU believes that providing meaningful and timeous relief to the unemployed and underprivileged is the key to progress in the country.
SASSA Confirm the payment of R1050 For Approved Beneficiary
The R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant is provided by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to beneficiaries who are unemployed and in need of financial assistance from the South African government.
Millions of South Africans have been benefitting from the R350 SRD grant, however many have raised concerns about not being paid for all the months that they were approved for the grant.
SASSA assured beneficiaries that they would be paid for all the months that they were approved but that these payments may not necessarily be made as a double payment or in the form of a lump sum or on even the same day. In a social media post,