- The ANC recently dubbed the number of social grant recipients in South Africa as progress
- For many this came across as bragging, while 17.6 million relied on the state to make it through the month
- AfriForum's Ernst Roets has blasted the statement, released ahead of the ruling party's birthday celebration
The ANC has been counting its perceived accomplishments ahead of its 108th birthday on Wednesday.
One of these has sparked some criticism for the ruling party when the ANC touched on the number of citizens on social grants:
"The number of social grant recipients increased from 2.4 million in 1996 to 17.6 million in 2018. Let us build on our progress in 2020. The government must work to ensure the most vulnerable are protected by a social security net."
AfriForum's head of policy Ernst Roets lashed out over the post, calling out the ANC for its concept of progress:
"A government that boasts about how people are becoming more and more dependent on government, as if it’s some achievement. More social grants? Fantastic!"
While many citizens shared Roets' dim view of the 'achievement', Sebenzile Nkambule held a different perspective:
"The many interpretations of this are all correct. However, the ability to provide a social security net, however inadequate, for millions of South Africans, should not be downplayed. It's something the ANC government, and we as citizens, should really be proud of."
Nevertheless, many felt that having such a large quantity of the South African population living on grants was playing with economic fire.
Briefly.co.za reported that around a third of the nation's workforce is currently sitting at home, hoping for an opportunity for employment to pop up.
With Mzansi experiencing a worrying lag in economic growth this past year, many are concerned that any improvements will take too long to provide any short term relief.
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