- South Africans have responded in anger about the long queues outside SASSA payout points
- Many locals have been queuing for long hours as they wait to receive their SASSA grants, some of them disabled and sick
- The hashtag SASSA queues has been trending on Twitter as many locals took to the app to express their frustration at the government
Since Tuesday thousands of South Africans have been queuing outside SASSA pay points as they await their grants from the SA government. In numerous clips shared online, locals can be seen standing in long lines void of any social distancing measures.
In the clips, people in wheelchairs, elderly South Africans, and even sickly people can be seen waiting to receive their payments.
South Africans have been left infuriated by the scenes at the various payout points, many of them taking to social media to express their discontent with the government. Briefly.co.za has compiled some of their statements made online.
"Meanwhile, thousands of poor and elderly people queue for hours for SASSA payments without masks or social distancing. An absolute disgrace and super spreader potential of note."
"We need to rethink lockdown regs. Who is affected and where? SASSA govt offices = superspreader, after nearly a year this should have been fixed? Closing beaches and parks -change festive season is over .50 is too many for a funeral cut it down. Think smart. Add ideas, please"
"It is clear they did NOT have a plan to deal with this but what else is there to expect from the ANC Led Government! They just make things up as they go along! In the meantime, these SASSA Q’s become super-spreader events but more importantly people waiting for days for money."
Briefly.co.za previously reported that temporary disability grant beneficiaries have been, to put it bluntly, been left in the lurch by the government. Those set to receive the grant are now rushing to get the medical paperwork needed to reactivate their payments.
This comes as South African hospitals baulk under the strain of the Covid-19 pandemic with many at full capacity.
This grant provides financial support to over 200 000 citizens who are unable to work for between 6 months and a year due to injury or illness. The lockdown, implemented in March saw a 10-month extension being granted before medical reviews would be needed again, but this has come to a swift end.
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