The Democratic Alliance (DA) has slammed the South Africa Social Security Administration (SASSA) for turning a blind eye on disabled people allegedly going to bed without a meal.
SASSA admitted it did not have enough funds to restore and extend the temporary disability grant payments ended in December 2020.
In a statement on Friday, DA Shadow Minister of Social Development, Bridget Masango said: “Disabled people might not have a crumb to eat and little prospect of finding alternative funding to buy food.”
Masango said a disability grant is the only source of income and can take care of the entire family, adding that without the payment, many people will go hungry and cannot survive.
“Has [Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu] ever felt the endless pain of being hungry and knowing she could do nothing ?” If it was her, she could be sympathetic with those under her care. She would not have just stood by and watched as law enforcers spray vulnerable people with water cannons outside SASSA offices,” said Masango.
“SASSA and Minister Zulu are a blight on society. They are a plague as dangerous as COVID-19, and as uncaring for their victims. Minister Zulu should have been axed a long time ago,” added Masango.
Masango said since the announcement of a continued COVID-19 lockdown, after the first lockdown of three weeks, the Agency should have foreseen and planned the extension of lapsing disability grant payments.
“Minister Zulu is a member of the National Corona Command Council (NCCC). Rather than ensuring that South Africa’s most vulnerable people continue to receive financial help essential to their health, well-being, and survival, the Minister has taken precautionary measures to prevent essential aid from reaching millions of people,” added Masango.