During a parliamentary meeting on Thursday, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) confirmed that only ten people were paid the R350 Covid-19 grant.
This grant has been allocated for unemployed citizens who would not be receiving any income, UIF payment or any other social grant.
The Democratic Alliance’s shadow minister of social development, Bridget Masango, says that SASSA has not met the 15 May 2020 deadline. Proving that they do not have proper management over the Social Relief of Distress grant.
Masango further said that while they understand that it is a strenuous process to work through millions of applications, it is unacceptable that only ten applicants received their payments. Masango says that this is a failure for Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, and SASSA.
On Friday, CEO of SASSA, Busisiwe Memela-Khambula, said in an interview with SAFM that a test trial was run with the ten recipients to ensure the system ran smoothly.
Memela-Khambula says that they received 4.5 million applications, of which 2.6 million were verified. The CEO says that the process has taken long because they have had to check whether other social grants were already allocated to the applicants and wait on feedback from SARS to check if they were earning a salary.
SASSA confirmed that by Friday evening, 100 000 applicants received messages to confirm they can be paid and should load their bank account details.
Memela-Khambula says that the system will operate differently to other social grants, as it will run continuously instead of being paid on allocated dates and that with time, the process will become more efficient.