Covid-19: Lockdown won't affect social grant recipients

The state has reassured social grants recipients they won't be affected by the national lockdown.
The state has reassured social grants recipients they won't be affected by the national lockdown.

Social grant recipients should be able to continue collecting their money and buy food even during the national lockdown.  The country will go under a national lockdown from midnight on Thursday as a measure to curb the spread of coronavirus. 

Minister of social development Lindiwe Zulu is putting plans in place for social grants recipients to be allowed to walk and commute freely.

Zulu said she had written a letter to the department of defence stipulating that the recipients will still have to eat and get their grants even during the lockdown.

The lockdown would restrict people to their homes and those found on the streets would have to give adequate reasons and must be listed as part of essential personnel.

Zulu said she was proposing that the social grants card be allowed as an identification to allow people freedom of movement.

“Transport is of major concern to us but we have got our own suggestions to say that we think Sassa beneficiaries should be able to show their cards so that they can be allowed to go get food and money,” Zulu said.

Zulu said that they acknowledged that transport would also be an issue during this time and people should therefore not rush to paypoints and should perhaps consider going to supermarkets at a later time to get food using their cards.

She said that Sassa officials had taken a proactive decision to approach supermarkets to inform them of the challenges that had been brought forward by the coronavirus.  “We want to say to the beneficiaries that they should not rush to go get their money  because they can use their cards to get food.”

She said that companies that are also giving monthly food to the poverty-stricken people would also be allowed to continue with their services.

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