The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is in hot water after it announced that it would cut the COVID-19 R500 caregiver grant, as well as, other grants at the end of October. The Black Sash Trust, represented by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, has urgently approached the High Court in Pretoria to interdict SASSA’s decision and the showdown is meant to be heard on Friday.
On 23 October, SASSA took to social media saying; “all the top-up amounts for the social grants (Old Age, Disability, War Veterans, Child Support, Foster Child and Care Dependency) have come to an end. The grant amounts as from November will revert to pre-covid amounts. There is no extension to the top-up amounts.”
All the top up amounts for the social grants (Old Age, Disability, War Veterans, Child Support, Foster Child and Care Dependency) have come to an end. The grant amounts as from November will revert to pre-covid amounts. There is no extension to the top up amounts. #SASSACARES
— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) October 23, 2020
SASSA CASE ON CAREGIVER GRANT TO BE HEARD ON FRIDAY
On Friday 30 October 2020, the Pretoria High Court is set to hear an urgent application brought by the Black Sash Trust against SASSA and the Ministers of Social Development and Finance.
From 1 November, grants will instead go back to pre-COVID amounts and there will be no extension to the essential social relief despite the ongoing pandemic and continuing social and economic effects of lockdown.
“We argue that the Caregiver Grant is a vital measure needed to assist the most vulnerable people in our country through an unprecedented period of distress to access basic needs like food and shelter. In fact, the additional amount is closely linked to the current state of disaster and cannot come to an end until the disaster itself does, or until the effects of the disaster on our society have been addressed,” said attorney at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies Ariella Scher.