Over 200, 000 Disability Grant Beneficiaries Not Paid – Report

According to the Business Insider News Agency over 200, 000 temporary disability grants beneficiaries were not for the January because, according to them, SASSA has ran out of money.

Below is the full report :

Temporary disability grant beneficiaries will not be paid, and are now rushing to secure the medical paperwork they’ll need to reactive their payments – amid a burgeoning coronavirus crisis for the health sector and Alert Level 3 restrictions on movement.

The temporary disability grant, which provides financial assistance to over 200,000 South Africans who are unable to work, due to injury or illness, for between six and 12 months, is subject to a medical review.

Due to the hard lockdown implemented in March 2020, and the associated restrictions on personal movement, a ten-month extension was granted before medical reviews would be required again.

Now that extension is over.

“At the end of December 2020, Sassa suspended a total of 210,778 disability grants nationally, as the extended period for which they were awarded had expired,” the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) said in a statement this week.

The sudden suspension of grants has resulted in a dire backlog as those still unable to work due to disabilities rush to receive medical reviews.

In addition to healthcare facilities and medical practitioners being overwhelmed by coronavirus-related admissions, lockdown regulations urge South Africans to avoid large crowds. With extended curfew hours snubbing early-morning queues, thousands of desperate South Africans have descended on medical examiners in the hopes of having their suspended disability grants reactivated.

This problem is not limited to medical facilities.

“Affected citizens are requested to report to the nearest Sassa office, with a detailed referral report from their treating doctor, which confirms the impact of the medical condition or disability,” says the agency.

This in-person requirement, compounded by beneficiaries queuing outside offices for a host of other grant queries, has added immense strain to Sassa’s already embattled systems. It also presents a health and safety problem, with more resources required to enforce social distancing.

And while struggling to find available medical examiners and queuing outside Sassa offices presents a particular series of problems to potential beneficiaries, the agency’s lack of cash is listed as a primary reason for the suspension.

“To have continued payment of the grants until end March 2021 would have cost an additional R1.2 billion, which funds are not available,” said Sassa.

Questions about Sassa’s ability to process payments of beneficiaries who can secure medical reviews have now been directed to Parliament.

Sassa reserves the right to grant or deny any applications but dismissed applicants have 90 days in which to appeal.

“Government has failed to prepare for the upcoming flood of beneficiaries who will need to undergo their reassessments, thereby putting many vulnerable South Africans at risk of losing their much-needed disability grants in the coming weeks,” argued MP Bridget Masango, who has called for an urgent meeting with Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Social Development.

4 thoughts on “Over 200, 000 Disability Grant Beneficiaries Not Paid – Report

  1. Hello,I have applied for the srd 350 last year on August but I was declined.Reason being(Not in sars Base)All those months I was declined up until now,I tried to make an appeal on Moya App but there was a Change that I am approved but there are no Paydays on those months I made appeal for.So I was asking for Your Assistance Please.Even at the post office they say I don’t appear on the system,So I must go to Sassa.I don’t know what to do anymore please help!!

  2. I was abused by my ex husband and as a result i lost my hearing. Wearing a hearing aid doesnt help much because my hearing has worsened. No one wants to give me a job because of my hearing. And ive been to multiple companies, supermarkets and small retail stores. They all refuse to give me a job. Now my disability grand has been stopped and i have a son of 13. How am i suppose to make a living if no one wants to give me a job and my disability grand has been stopped. People are quick to speak and to discriminate others. How can i make a living. Please help me.

    1. If it’s the temporal disability grant, please go the nearest SASSA office for assistance, they will help to reapply

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