SASSA confirms that the R350 Covid-19 social relief of distress grant will come to an end on Friday 30 April.
SASSA released a statement on Thursday saying the “R350 grant” would come to an end on Friday.
— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) April 29, 2021
The organisation said that no new applications would be accepted, however, those applicants who have been approved but have not received the money can still expect payment.
It said those who had their applications declined between February and April this year could appeal their decision by lodging an appeal on the website – https://SRD.sassa.gov.za.
“If the appeal is not lodged, the declined application will not be reconsidered. The appeal period closes on 31 May 2021. No appeals will be accepted after this date,”.
Many organisations such as Black Sash and #PayTheGrants have criticised this decision, the latter said it is “vehemently opposed” to it.
While the #PayTheGrants movement has rallied around the country to protest the decision, many South Africans also took to Twitter to express concern.
This is criminal. In the midst of a pandemic, with high rates of hunger and poverty, the South African government has cancelled an essential cash transfer program to the poor. https://t.co/jN0aREv0jX
— Chris Webb (@Cee_Webb) April 30, 2021
CER supports the call for the extension and increase of the COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant. The #COVID19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the livelihoods of communities, already hard hit by air pollution and climate impacts like drought #paythegrants @black_sash https://t.co/QvmMzib7Px
— Centre for Environmental Rights (@CentreEnvRights) April 30, 2021
— PayTheGrants (@PayTheGrants) April 30, 2021
— Ursula Arends (@ursulafarends) April 30, 2021