The presidency has confirmed that the ruling party is considering reinstating the COVID-19 SRD grant for unemployed South Africans, following the recently held lekgotla.
The presidency took to Twitter on Sunday, 24 January 2021, to share some of the resolutions from the African National Congress’ (ANC) Lekgotla that took place virtually earlier in the day. One of the resolutions that were tabled for reconsideration was the matter of the COVID-19 Social Relief for Distress (SRD) grant. The grant was previously offered to people that faced unemployment or a loss of income due to the stricter lockdown regulations.
The COVID-19 SRD grant was suspended in December 2020, as it was believed that the worst of the pandemic was over. At the time, the country was still under Alert Level 1 lockdown regulations. However, mid-December, the country went back to Alert Level 3, which resulted in some industries, such as the alcohol and hospitality industries, having to limit or cease operations.
According to the post, “The lekgotla has agreed that, in the context of the continuing COVID pandemic, we need to consider the extension of basic income relief to unemployed people who do not receive any other form of state assistance.”
See the post below.
The lekgotla has agreed that, in the context of the continuing COVID pandemic, we need to consider the extension of basic income relief to unemployed people who do not receive any other form of state assistance.
— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 #StaySafe (@CyrilRamaphosa) January 24, 2021