SRD grant: Over R34 million was given to refugees, and R63 million was given to asylum seekers. The Department of Social Development has found out that SASSA has given more than R34 million in SRD grants to refugees and more than R63 million to asylum seekers. The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has given over R34 million in Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grants to refugees and over R63 million to asylum seekers.
Lindiwe Sisulu, the Minister of Social Development, said this in a parliamentary answer.
ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES BENEFIT FROM SRD GRANT
Economic Freedom Fighters wanted to know how many refugees and people seeking asylum are getting the SRD grant and how much money has been given to them so far. The department said that the numbers change from month to month based on the approval, but as of September 2022, they won't change anymore.
The numbers are for the two years that the Covid-19 R350 SRD grant has been going on, the department said. 4102 refugees were given R34,456,800, and 15,258 asylum seekers were given R63,113,750. In October, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana added another year to the SRD grant, making it good until March 2024. It was supposed to end in March of 2023. Godongwana said that there hasn't been a final decision made about a replacement or how to pay for it. So, the temporary grant will be kept for another year, until March 20, 2024. The government has been thinking about how to replace the grant in a long-term way. A basic income grant is one of the ideas. Godongwana said that any permanent extension or replacement of the R350 grant will require an increase in revenue or a cut in spending somewhere else.
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