Almost 9 million South Africans have applied for the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant.
Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu released the statistics in response to a question from UDM MP Nqabayomzi Kwankwa about the long queues at the payment points where the R350 was paid for.
Kwankwa was concerned about the lack of use of bank accounts for transactions and instead forced beneficiaries to queue that did not comply with Covid-19 security protocols .
“As of August 18, 2021, 6,817,229 (76%) of 8,931,375 applications received provided information on bank accounts. This information has yet to be verified to confirm which accounts can be used for the grant.
“Sassa is reliant on bank account information provided by applicants. In cases where bank account details are not provided, Sassa is required to make the payment through the post office as there is no alternative, “said Zulu.
She said alternative methods such as working with banks Payments will be processed.
“While this solution has yet to be tested, it is believed that it will significantly reduce the number of citizens who have to report in person to post offices.
“Swiss Post has confirmed that payments will be staggered according to the last three digits of the ID number in order to reduce the number of people who report to a post office in a single day. They will use active queue monitors to manage compliance with Covid-19 protocols, “she said.
Zulu added that where beneficiaries use their own bank accounts, there will be bank fees that they will pay themselves must.
“However, if they are paid through the post office, they can access the full grant amount with no bank charges,” she said.