Amid questions of “what is happening with our R350 COVID-19 Grant?” Applicants remain disappointed as their concerns are posted on social media were once again ignored by the South African Social Services Agency (SASSA) and the Ministry of Social Development.
Despite weeks of cries of the unemployed on Twitter seeking answers about their applications for the jobless grant, SASSA and the Ministry of Social Development remained mum until today.
SASSA decided to respond to the tweets, stating on its official Twitter page that: “There is a high volume of applications, however, SASSA will respond to all applicants.”
There is a high volume of applications, however SASSA will respond to all applicants. All qualifying applicants who applied in May and are successfully verified will be paid the R350 for May 2020. Regardless of whether the payment is effected in early June 2020
— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) June 8, 2020
SASSA did not say if the agency is still getting more applications for the promised grant relief.
Previously, on 29 June 2020 SASSA said, it had received 13 million applications for the R350 Social Relief Grant. The agency also stated that only 6.3 million applications had been properly completed and valid.
Today, SASSA further stated on its official Twitter page: “There is no fixed date for the COVID-19 special grant, the applicant will be paid for each month as long as they still meet the qualification criteria. Each month the application will be verified to ensure that the applicant still qualifies for that particular month.”
The agency seems to be saying it does not know when it will pay them.
“All qualifying applicants who applied in May and are successfully verified will be paid the R350 for May 2020. Regardless of whether the payment is effected in early June 2020,” SASSA repeatedly posts on its official page.
Last week on Thursday, SASSA said on its official Twitter page that some of its key electronic services were offline. For more: SASSA is Currently Offline For Key Electronic Services
“The agency apologised for the system downtime.”
It seems the SASSA official Twitter page is managed by a ‘bot’ because the messages posted are repeated.
Many applicants for the R350 COVID-19 Grant were frustrated by the message and voiced their anger on Twitter:
It is not working just say it. My brother’s message says payment date is the 30th of may and he didn’t receive anything even now
— 42KMSowetoMarathon (@Tsentsho1) June 8, 2020
well I’ve been approved for over a week now and still no payment? what’s happening with the payment?
— Cal | BLM (@iamcal10) June 8, 2020
I haven’t got a notification if my application is been approved or what and yet you talking about payments.
— Sebatane Richard (@RichardSebatane) June 8, 2020
Sassa we need some answers on this R350 which early June we will get feedback whether we approved or not, currently it’s still pending. June 2020 0r 2021 🙄😏🤔
— Jessica Esther (@b37820560fb642d) June 8, 2020