- SASSA has announced that it will be reconsidering the millions of Covid-19 grant applications it rejected
- The agency revealed that it had declined nearly half of the applications received since the start of June
- Now, it has emerged that the agency had used incorrect data to decline the applications
South Africans who were disturbed to find that their applications for the Covid-19 unemployment grants were rejected will be pleased to learn there is hope.
In a statement released by the South African Social Security Agency, it was announced that declined applications will be reconsidered:
"SASSA has taken a decision to relook at declined Covid-19 grant applications and get to the bottom of the reasons for rejection.
"The high numbers involved raised questions and SASSA decided that it would be wise to reconsider these before subjecting them to an appeal process, which comes at a cost and resultant delays, given the urgency to pay out the grant during these trying times for poor people impacted negatively by the national shutdown."
The agency revealed that nearly half of the applications processed at the beginning of this month had been rejected:
"In early June, close to 50% of processed applications did not qualify in terms of the criteria. Over 70% of those that did not qualify were either receiving or qualifying for UIF benefits according to the database that SASSA was using then to sift through the applications.
"Subsequently, SASSA took a decision to request an updated database to reconsider the declined UIF cases instead of advising the aggrieved applicants to follow the appeals route."
Briefly.co.za previously reported that numerous citizens had been up in arms after the agency had declined them, adamant that they did qualify considering the criteria.
The agency cleared up the confusion, revealing that it had been using incorrect information when determining the success of the applications:
"Out of this reconsideration process, it emerged that 85% of UIF cases which were previously deemed not to be qualifying, actually qualify. They have been approved and are being made aware of this development individually as and when such favourable decision is reached."
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