JOHANNESBURG - About 20 activists picketed outside the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) places of work in Pretoria on Thursday, worrying fixes to flaws that they have got diagnosed in the R350 COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant application system.
Many of the activists, affiliated with the #PayTheGrants marketing campaign, said they had been helping humans in their groups who're suffering to apply for the SRD furnish which was reinstated in July this 12 months.
A memorandum handed over to SASSA and the Department of Social Development diagnosed some of “flaws” in the SRD device. These include the use of preceding statistics from the Unemployment Insurance Fund and the South African Revenue Service; caregivers who get the Child Support Grant now not being capable of get proper of entry to the SRD provide; and an appeals way that takes too lengthy.
“These flaws are resulting in doubtlessly hundreds of lots of humans being denied the grant. Though it's miles small, many humans rely upon it for food and extraordinary primary items,” said Israel Nkuna from #PayTheGrants.
According to SASSA spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi, they acquired approximately thirteen million packages for the SRD supply on account that July, of which about eight million have been authorised.
When the SRD grant end up reinstated, the eligibility standards have become elevated to consist of unemployed caregivers who collect the Child Support Grant (CSG) on behalf of kids. According to the Black Sash, about ninety 5% of CSG recipients are women who've been formerly excluded from receiving the R350 SRD furnish.
Elizabeth Raiters stated, “SASSA need to fix their gadget. I live with my sisters, who each get preserve of the CSG for their kids however they may be unemployed. They achieved for the R350 grant and their applications have been declined. We appealed in August however we're though equipped to listen returned from SASSA.”
Raiters said the provide should make a difference for her circle of relatives because of the fact food fees have lengthy gone up and the CSG is not sufficient to manual them.
According to Fanie Sethokga, standard manager for operations at SASSA, there may be a few confusion among candidates who get the Child Support Grant. “As a recipient of the CSG, it doesn’t imply through default you mechanically qualify for the SRD. Beneficiaries of the CSG need to have a look at the rest of the necessities to achieve the SRD,” he stated.
Sethokga said some of the confusion stems from the truth that recipients of the CSG are allowed to produce other method of income, as lengthy because it does now not exceed the desired threshold.
“You can not practice for the SRD in case you get maintain of any form of income. We have had many toddler manual beneficiaries who accumulate an earnings and are utilising for the SRD,” he said. Sethokga stated this changed into probably the motive why applications just like the Raiters sisters have been denied. He stated the appeals method frequently took longer because of the truth they needed to verify with all the banks that the applicant does no longer have any lively account receiving earnings. “But we attempt to reply inside 60 days,” he said.
General Moyo from #PayTheGrants examine out the memorandum earlier than giving it to Letsatsi to signal. He also called for a Basic Income Guarantee of R1,500.
Letsatsi promised that the enterprise agency would reply to the campaign’s memo internal seven days.
This article have become first published on GroundUp.
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