Civil society organizations take the government to court over R350 grants
Civil society organizations take the government to court over R350 grants

Civil society organizations take the government to court over R350 grants

Civil society organizations have pledged to help disadvantaged citizens and take the government to court for the delays surrounding the grant.

An office of the South African Social Security Agency in Pretoria. Photo: Kayleen Morgan / Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG – Unemployed South Africans who had received the R350 Social Relief of Distress Grant are still awaiting the next phase of payment, having received it in March this year.

Civil society organizations have pledged to help disadvantaged citizens and take the government to court for the delays surrounding the grant.

One week ago, the South African Social Security Agency announced that the next payments of the grants will be from the middle of this month and outstanding payments will be made.

The Black Sash, among other civilian groups, said millions of South Africans had not received any subsidies and that the rules around them were unfair.

The question of the payment of the R350 grants can now be dealt with in court.

Black Sash, the #Paythegrants and Social Policy Initiative, among others, have filed lawsuits against the government, saying the requirements a citizen was expected to meet to qualify for the grant were unfair.

The Black Sashas’ Rachel Bukasa said the government expected South Africans living in rural areas to apply online for the grant, yet they had neither Internet access nor data to do so.

“The constitution has provisions on government responsibility, including the gradual realization of the right to social distance. This means that the government must gradually take steps to meet the needs of the people over time.”

The organizations demand that the rules be disregarded – and want the government to introduce another option for applicants in addition to the exclusive online portal.


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