DA threatens legal action to assist grant applicants without internet

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The Demo­c­ra­t­ic Alliance (DA) is con­tem­plat­ing fil­ing court papers to com­pel South African Social Secu­ri­ty Agency (Sas­sa) to re-open its offices to accom­mo­date appli­cants who do not have access to the inter­net.

Sas­sa offices were closed dur­ing the nation­al lev­el 5 COVID-19 lock­down.

Lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the DA, Minde Schapiro & Smith have on Mon­day threat­ened to launch court papers should the gov­ern­ment con­tin­ue to ignore their client’s con­tin­u­ous request to reopen the offices.

In a let­ter addressed to Min­is­ter of Social Devel­op­ment, Lindi­we Zulu, pic­tured above and SASSA Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer, Busisi­we Memela, and the pres­i­den­cy, Minde Schapiro & Smith have giv­en the respon­dents until the close of busi­ness on Mon­day — May 4, 2020, to rea­son­ably respond.

DA Shad­ow Min­is­ter of Social Devel­op­ment, Brid­get Masan­go con­firmed if “Min­is­ter can­not see rea­son and do the right thing” she will meet us in court.

Masan­go said fol­low­ing the announce­ment of the spe­cial R350 Social Relief of Dis­tress Grant, Sas­sa will get pres­sure on its lim­it­ed resources.

“While the gov­ern­ment will process appli­ca­tions for grants through hot­lines, email, texts, and What­sApp many of those who need relief help have no access to these plat­forms,” said Min­is­ter Zulu.

Minde Schapiro & Smith has warned the gov­ern­ment that it’s imper­a­tive that Sas­sa offices reopen as a mat­ter of urgency.

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