The government’s unilateral and callous decision to eviscerate the R350 Special Relief Dispensation (SRD) grant is a sign that it is intensifying its war against the poor
26 April 2022
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is shocked by government’s unilateral and callous decision to eviscerate the R350 Special Relief Dispensation (SRD) Grant. Previously, around 10 million persons who had an income of R595 (food poverty line) or less were entitled to receive the R350 SRD Grant.
The income threshold has now been slashed by nearly 60% to an income cap of R350. In other words, close to three (3) million or 30% of the grant recipients who earned between R351 and R595 will no longer be eligible after a Ministerial direction was released last week introducing these changes.
It is disappointing that this was not tabled nor raised at Nedlac by government even though social partners have spent a great deal of time engaging on and working with government on the new post-disaster regulations. This is the same government that took money from public servants while handing over tax breaks and other incentives to the private sector.
The Alliance and National Parliament were also not informed of these drastic amendments. This undermines the very budget tabled in Parliament that provides for the SRD Grant to remain at the same level for the duration of the 2022/23 financial year. It speaks volumes that government did this without any public consultation.