Fact Check: No, SASSA Covid-19 relief fund not excluding white people

Fact Check: No, SASSA Covid-19 relief fund not excluding white people

- An article claimed that white citizens will be banned from receiving any government during the Covid-19 crisis

- The agency that posted the article called for citizens to fund groceries and supplies for poor white communities

- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind this claim to determine if there is any truth to it

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“Whites Banned from Receiving Government Aid in South Africa during World Covid-19 Crisis.”

This is the claim made in an article posted on a website called ANC Sanctioned Genocide. The post has been circulating on Facebook, with numerous citizens concerned that much-needed aid would be kept from vulnerable citizens.

The article encourages citizens to fund a civil society group, VVS, which claims it is raising funds to purchase groceries and other supplies for poor white communities.

“Whites are not able to receive any government aid during this devastating time all over the world. Whites are being turned away from receiving government food parcels and necessities."

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African Fact Check noted that thousands of citizens stand to lose their jobs, with the government offering up social relief measures, including food parcels and a new R350 unemployment grant.

However, Kgomoco Diseko, senior manager of media relations for SASSA, insists that this claim is more than simply untrue.

“This is not true. It’s actually unconstitutional."

The grant agency revealed that citizens would need to meet the following criteria to qualify for the grant:

  • be a South African citizen or permanent resident in possession of an ID document
  • be over 18 years old
  • be unemployed and not receiving any income or social grant
  • not receive or qualify for any unemployment insurance benefit
  • not receive a stipend from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme
  • not reside in a government-funded or subsidised institution

Briefly.co.za reported that the agency had experienced technical difficulties paying the grants for the elderly and disabled on Monday.

While some received nothing, others received double the amount and will be expected to repay the agency.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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