ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE HEART OF TRUST
Starting from tomorrow, over 6 million special Covid-19 grant beneficiaries will receive R500 less than what they’ve been getting since May 2020.
This has prompted Black Sash Trust to put out an urgent application with the Gauteng High Court to urge SASSA to continue with the special Covid-19 top-up of R500 as we are still in the middle of a pandemic.
High Court judge Nana Makhubele rejected the application as the matter was not deemed to be urgent.
According to advocate Jeremy Gauntlet, the government would have to spend R10.8 billion if they were to extend the R500 special grant for a further 3 months.
Even though Black Sash Trust argued that SASSA didn’t have the administrative power as an agency to discontinue the grant top-ups, the National Treasury stated that the decision to terminate the top-ups was part of the directives in May – therefore the top-up would be discontinued for the next payment date which is tomorrow, 3rd November 2020.
According to SASSA, older people will be paid first on the 3rd of November, followed by people living with disabilities on the 4th of November & lastly, all the other grants will be paid from the 5th of November 2020.