Tomorrow, Tuesday 19 September 2023, the DA will lodge an urgent complaint at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) against the Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, the Department of Social Development as well as the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and Postbank for their part in the ongoing social grant payment failures.
Not only is the Minister continuing to fail millions of vulnerable grant beneficiaries each month, but her Department has also returned more than R15 billion to the National Treasury in unpaid social relief of distress (SRD) grants. This is while the DA is inundated every month by SRD grant beneficiaries struggling to gain access to their funds.
These ongoing failures have resulted in an alarming human rights violation, with mothers being compelled to abandon their babies due to their inability to feed them, creating a tragic and heartbreaking situation.
Tomorrow, the DA will take legal action with the DA Shadow Minister of Social Development, Bridget Masango MP, laying an urgent complaint at the SAHRC offices in Johannesburg. She will be accompanied by the DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Social Development, Refiloe Nt’sekhe MPL and Bronwynn Engelbrecht MPL.
The details are:
Date: Tuesday, 19 September 2023
Venue: SAHRC offices, 27 Stiemens Street, Braamfontein