Activist group Black Sash says many people will be left in dire a state if government stops the COVID-19 relief grant. The group is continuing with pickets outside SASSA offices this morning, demanding the reinstatement of the R350 relief grant.
It was implemented to assist people living without an income during the coronavirus pandemic and end today.
This comes after the announcement by SASSA that the COVID-19 Social Relief Distress (SRD) grant is coming to an end on Friday.
Black Sash has called on the government to increase the grant to R585, saying there are still many unemployed people.The Black Sash says there is no rationale for the special COVID-19 social relief of distress (SRD) grant of R350 to be terminated.
“Many people have relied on the grant which kept them from starvation,” Black Sash national advocacy manager Hoodah Abrahams-Fayker said on Thursday. The organisation says mothers who receive a grant for their children also need to receive the grant as the amount they receive for child support is not enough.
On Friday, there will be #PayTheGrants pickets in various provinces at SASSA offices and Post offices.