Social grants under threat with the department nearly broke

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Social grants under threat with the department nearly broke

One of many SASSA grant beneficiaries. Picture: GroundUp

More than 17 million social grants are once again on the line as yet another government department stumbles to what looks like an inevitable bailout.

Social justice organisations fear that the poor could be worse off as the department of social development enters the danger zone of technical insolvency, and will likely to be unable to deliver services. One worried organisation, the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity group, says that should the department be unable to meet its constitutional obligations – such as the payment of social grants – it would create mayhem and massive hardship for the poor. The poor depend on social grants for food and other basic services, the body points out. The precarious state of affairs at the department was revealed...


 


 


 

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