The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has made a commitment to pay 100 000 people this week their R350 Social Relief Grant and more payments to follow once the vetting process has been completed.
More than 4,9 million people have applied for the new special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant.
Speaking to Kaya Breakfast on Monday, SASSA’s CEO Busisiwe Memela-Khambula said: “In the coming week, we will pay 100 000 people” their R350 Social Relief Grant.
SASSA started taking nationwide applications for the grant on 11 May 2020 and promised to make the first payment on 15 May 2020.
On Friday, it emerged that SASSA had only paid ten people the R350 Social Relief Grant.
SASSA boss told Kaya FM that the organisation also discovered that some 39 000 people who applied during the soft launch were not eligible for the R350 Social Relief Grant because they were receiving a salary.
SASSA had a soft launch and received 92 000 applications.
“It became very important for us to make sure that we pay the right person at a right time,” said Memela-Khambula. “The right time being in the next two days will start paying all those we have vetted over the process.”
SASSA boss also disclosed to the radio station the number of people who have applied through various platforms.
- USSD platform: 2.8 million applications received – 1.6 million are valid and completed applications
- WhatsApp: 893 000 applications received – 847 000 applications are valid
- Website and email: 336 00 applications received
Memela-Khambula reiterated that those applicants with no bank accounts will be paid via e-wallet.