NGOs Raise Concerns Over Social Assistance Bill

Civil society organisations believe that an amendment to the Social Assistance Act may worsen the department's enormous backlog in responding to grant appeals

The Department of Social Development has tabled an amendment to the Social Assistance Act that CSOs believe may worsen the department's enormous backlog in responding to grant appeals.

The Social Assistance Bill, which was introduced by social development minister, Edna Molewa, last month, defines the term ‘disability’ and attempts to further regulate eligibility for disability grants.

Black Sash advocacy programme manager, Ratula Beukman, argues that one consequence of the proposed amendment is that it will prevent people with chronic illnesses, such as asthma, hypertension or even HIV, from accessing disability grants.

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