Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says 3, 429,808 beneficiaries have been paid so far for the R350 Special COVID-19 relief grant.
Government has disbursed over R1.2-billion so far.
Zulu said 7.5-million applications were received. Of that over 4-million have been approved and over 2 million were not approved.
“Sassa [South African Social Security Agency] will on a monthly basis reassess all applications to ensure that where circumstances have changed, an income is received from any other source, the grant will not continue,” said Zulu.
“In order to address further exclusion areas, Sassa is implementing a resource mechanism for applicants who have been declined and wish to review the decisions, applicants can review the decisions,” she said.
The grant will also include asylum-seekers. Zulu apologised for the delays in payments. She said Sassa was inundated with applications and it experienced technical glitches with the systems.
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