- The South African Social Security Agency has announced that it has declined around 2.8 million applications
- These applications were all made for the R350 Covid-19 unemployment grant
- Numerous citizens have voiced their displeasure at the long wait to obtain the grant and it seems as if nearly half won't receive a cent
SASSA has declined around 2.8 million applications for the R350 unemployment grant.
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had announced the grant as part of the Covid-19 relief progress to mitigate the effects of shutting down the economy.
Now, SASSA has confirmed that nearly half of the 6.2 million applicants will not be receiving the funds.
The agency clarified that the grant would only be paid out to unemployed individuals over the age of 18 who had not received any form of income whatsoever.
The majority of rejected applications were citizens found to be receiving UIF benefits:
“In this case the applicants are advised to contact the Department of Employment and Labour to either apply for UIF or follow up with their applications."
Commenting on the situation, SASSA chief executive Totsie Memela explained that, despite unhappiness, the grant was not for everyone:
“We are doing everything in our power to solve the matter and a dedicated email address and phone number have been made available to process complaints. Those who feel aggrieved should either call 0800 60 10 11 or email email@example.com with their complaints in order to access the recourse mechanism. Our aim is to pay the right grant to the right people."
SASSA, according to Memela, has been making payments every day but only after applications are verified:
“We continue to work hard to ensure that those who qualify get what is due to them. Our main aim is to support the government in alleviating poverty especially during these difficult times but we have to follow the required processes and we appeal for patience from those whose applications we have not reached so far
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