The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) announced on Tuesday it has paid 2,5 million people their R350 Social Relief Grant.
“More than two and a half million applicants have already been paid so far from over
3.2 million who applied for the COVID-19 grant,” the agency said in a statement.
“Updating the UIF database has brought such a relief to us and the affected beneficiaries, the numbers will rise daily until we have paid all deserving individuals who were previously declined”, said Totsie Memela SASSA CEO.
She added that SASSA is working with the Department of Social Development to finalise the modalities of the appeals process for applicants who still feel that their applications were rejected unfairly.
The agency said the appeals function will be added to the www.srd.sassa.gov.za website as soon as the relevant framework has been approved.
Twitter users were not happy that SASSA has classified this review as a ‘lifeline. In its statement, the agency said: SASSA Sends Lifeline to Rejected COVID-19 Grant Applicants
— Khaya Sithole (@CoruscaKhaya) June 30, 2020
Where is my mother’s 350 she was approved in May I uploaded banking details till today she has not received the 350 and already its the 30th of June, you sassa are full of jokes and excuses
— Slie (@Fikile017146052) June 30, 2020
I saw through this scam the day Ramaphosa made the announcement. He thought we are fools.
— Mandla (@MandlaMagidela) June 30, 2020
I will not forgive your system for declining deserving and unemployed young people. They should be making copies and submitting their documents but your system decided to reject them.
— For The Youth By The Youth (@Kgomane) June 30, 2020
It’s tough outchea.
Guess we’re not unemployed enough to receive Smses🤔🤔🤔
— IG: PaulMaphologela Mr Retweet & Like (@PaulMaphologela) June 30, 2020
Sassa,I have a question. ….so if I have a tax number while currently unemployed you can cancel my application ? pic.twitter.com/nXCyIm2fxk
— Y A Z I😩 (@Bebonke_J) June 30, 2020
SASSA you are stressing us out instead of distressing
Why are you doing this?
— Zuki (@khohli2) June 30, 2020