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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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