One of the provincial branches of SASSA has confirmed that the temporary disability grants ‘will be reinstated nationwide’ but only for certain applicants. This came after the agency made the hugely unpopular decision to cancel the automatic renewal of the payments. Thousands have already had their lapsed social grants repaid – but not everyone will benefit from this new policy.
According to SASSA, there are three factors that need to be taken into consideration before the temporary disability grants are renewed: It comes down to an applicant’s age, financial support, and dependency on others to collect their payments.
An individual can expect their lapsed grant to be reinstated if they fall into any of the following categories:
Meanwhile, the conduct of Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has once again been questioned. With SASSA falling under her portfolio, the Cabinet member has taken a lot of criticism for the agency’s failings. Sharna Fernandez, of the Western Cape Government, is shocked that Zulu is continuing to evade accountability:
“Despite my request to convene an urgent special meeting with all MECs present, to address the series of ongoing challenges faced by SASSA, the National Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, has failed to respond.”
“I am worried about the lack of urgency to address valid concerns, which include amongst others; whether there are plans to address the immediate needs of many applicants, who desperately require emergency assistance.”
“We need urgent clarity on the abovementioned concerns, as our most vulnerable citizens continue to bear the brunt SASSA’s incompetence and obfuscation in this matter. I am yet to receive a formal response from SASSA, either.”