The R350 South African social relief Grant started in 2020. When it started, there had been many questions of whether or not foreigner should be allowed to apply for the grant. In the beginning, they were not allowed and only South African citizens with a valid 13 digit Identity number could apply.
This then made many South Africans happy because they knew that their money did not go to foreign nationals who lived in the country. That however has drastically changed as new regulations have been added to the grant.
According to a new announcement that was uploaded by the South African social security agency (Sassa), they are now allowing caregivers who have kids that are receiving the grant to also get a chance to apply. These care givers may be people without a South African ID or are not from South Africa.
It is said that as long as they are taking care of people receiving the grant from sassa they are allowed to apply for the grant. This is a new initiative by the minister of social development to help everyone living in South Africa make ends meet during the time of the coronavirus. Many South African nationals, however, are not very happy about this decision taken by the government of South Africa.
South African citizens believe that they are now sharing their hard-earned tax money with foreigners who don't even contribute to the economy. They are not far from being wrong because it is said that there is no background check that is going to be done but the fact that this person is living in South Africa and unemployed, they will use that to apply for the Grant.
The government is now dealing with a lot of backlash from this decision as many South Africans believe that foreign national to do not deserve the R350 social relief grant.
What is your take on the matter? Do you believe that the government is doing a good thing by allowing foreigners to receive the grant?
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