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Sassa to Spend R700 million Providing Refugees with R350


The Pretoria high court rulling compelling the governmet to give assylum seekers the R350 COVID-19 grant is expected to cost the department of Social development around R700 million.

The court declared the direction issued by minister Lindiwe zulu unconstitutional and unlawful for excluding asylum seekers and special permit holders from accessing the grant.

African Transformation movement (ATM) said while the judgement was humane. It was apprehensive about it's full Implications.

"Surely assylum seekers should not be competing for employment with local it cannot be fair and just for South African to be roaming the street while low level jobs in hospitality and tourism industry are taken up by international immigrants spokesperson Sizwe Richard said.



The minister has been given five days to quantify the cost of expanding the grant and another five days to puplish amended regulation.

Many people on Twitter have been weighing in on the ruling with some voicing thier concern over what this means for South African.

Asylum seekers and special permit holders whose documents have expired during lockdown will still be able to apply.

Many asylum seekers and special permit holders are excluded from governmet food parcel as 13 digit ID number is required to register.

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