Bridget Masango has reiterated the DA’s call for Minister Lindiwe Zulu to account for the supposed lack of funding, which has led to the suspension of the temporary disability grants.
The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Bridget Masango wrote another statement on Friday, 22 January 2021, to reiterate the call for Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu to provide clarity on when the temporary disability grants saga will be resolved. Masango was one of the first political figures to speak on the implications of negating the extension of the temporary disability grant, which eventually resulted in the lapsing of payments for beneficiaries.
The result was scores of lines at the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) offices, which were reportedly dispersed or encouraged to social distance through the use of a firehose. With the growing backlash on the matter, Zulu has reportedly stated that she will propose a plan to mitigate the issue in the coming weeks. However, there has been no clear word on whether the temporary disability grant will be reinstated.
The statement read, “Let’s be clear, the solution cannot include, under any circumstances, the non-payment of disability grants to beneficiaries. SASSA dug this hole, and SASSA must suffer the consequences – not the grant recipients who have spent days in the wind and the rain in the hopes of being one of only 50 to be allowed entry in the offices to try and solve their desperation, and are too scared to return home because they have to face the hunger of their children.”
In concluding her statement, Masango called for the dismissal of Minister Zulu.
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SASSA's admission that it does not have enough money to reinstate and extend the temporary disability grants that lapsed at the end of 2020 is a massive cause for concern. Why was there no contingency plan?
Ramaphosa must fire the uncaring Lindiwe Zulu!https://t.co/BWWVRwlUoM
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) January 22, 2021