Sick could lose grants

THOUSANDS of chronically ill people could lose their disability grants if a new bill becomes law, the Black Sash said yesterday.

THOUSANDS of chronically ill people could lose their disability grants if a new bill becomes law, the Black Sash said yesterday.

Among those who could be affected were people living with HIV, asthma and hypertension, Black Sash advocacy programme manager Ratula Beukman said.

She said the Social Assistance Amendment Bill was introduced by Social Development Minister Edna Molewa last month. As the bill stood only those who were "functionally disabled" would be able to receive social assistance in future. - Sapa

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