‘The Department of Social Development still has to pay more than R700 million to beneficiaries of the R350 social relief distress grant (SRD).
This was announced by Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu on Friday during a media briefing on the response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent alert Level 4 lockdown imposed in terms of the Disaster Management Act.
“It is very unfortunate that we have over R700 million that’s still outstanding to be paid to our people,” Zulu said.
She said the delays were due to verification processes of applications to prevent corruption and fraud.
“In many instances we have to keep on verifying whether people are really complying or compliant in terms of their applications and whether people were really out of jobs. Checking whether people deserve the money or not is a bit of a tedious situation but a necessary one.”
“Shamefully people are applying from prison which is a big problem. You even have people applying who are civil servants.”
Zulu said the department had taken steps to investigate such cases and handed them over to the necessary departments for action if needed.
“We have processed everything from our side as the department and South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). Action needs to be taken by the employers where people are in government in particular.”’