Federation says choice to cease the R350 SRD grant a slap within the face of hundreds of thousands of determined residents
The authorities’s unilateral and callous choice to eviscerate the R350 Special Relief Dispensation (SRD) grant is an indication that it’s intensifying its conflict towards the poor
26 April 2022
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is shocked by authorities’s unilateral and callous choice to eviscerate the R350 Special Relief Dispensation (SRD) Grant. Previously, round 10 million individuals who had an earnings of R595 (meals poverty line) or much less had been entitled to obtain the R350 SRD Grant.
The earnings threshold has now been slashed by practically 60% to an earnings cap of R350. In different phrases, shut to a few (3) million or 30% of the grant recipients who earned between R351 and R595 will not be eligible after a Ministerial path was launched final week introducing these modifications.
It is disappointing that this was not tabled nor raised at Nedlac by authorities although social companions have spent quite a lot of time participating on and dealing with authorities on the brand new post-disaster laws. This is similar authorities that took cash from public servants whereas handing over tax breaks and different incentives to the personal sector.
The Alliance and National Parliament had been additionally not knowledgeable of those drastic amendments. This undermines the very finances tabled in Parliament that gives for the SRD Grant to stay on the identical degree throughout the 2022/23 monetary yr. It speaks volumes that authorities did this with none public session.