BLF asks SASSA to take the poor seriously

BLF asks SASSA to take the poor seriously

Black First Land First (BLF) is partially relieved that the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has now admitted that its criteria and process around the Special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant prejudices the poor.

It’s shocking administrative injustice that up to 70% of the people whose applications were rejected had actually qualified for the grant. SASSA is nonchalant and blase’ about the lives of the poor – no apology, no sense of urgency.

It’s almost 100 days of hunger into the Covid-19 crisis for the poor. BLF notes that the admission of SASSA is a reaction to the official complaint that we have lodged with the Office of the Public Protector. We have received over 2000 complaints which has been consolidated into a complaint against SASSA. BLF is waiting for a response from the Public Protector. However, if no response is received by the end of this week, BLF shall visit the Office of the Public Protector next week to seek clarity on progress.

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee of (BLF NCC)

2 July 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

Zanele Lwana
(BLF Deputy President)
Cell: +27 79 986 7225

Did SASSA decline your R350 SRD grant request?

Did SASSA decline your R350 SRD grant request?

BLF President Andile Mngxitama

Black First Land First (BLF) will lay a complaint next week with the Public Protector relating to the millions of applications for the Special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant of R350 that were declined by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

If your application for the R350 SRD grant was declined, you are welcome to send your complaint via email to [email protected] or WhatsApp to +27 79 986 7225, for inclusion in our submission to the Public Protector. Do include the following information in your complaint:

1. your name and surname
2. your identity number or reference
3. the date of your application
4. the reasons given by SASSA for declining your application

Let’s fight for what’s ours!

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee of (BLF NCC)
21 June 2020

Contact Details

Zanele Lwana
(BLF Deputy President)
Cell: +27 79 986 7225

Court’s decision to give non South Africans R350 SRD Grant fuels afrophobia

Court’s decision to give non South Africans R350 SRD Grant fuels afrophobia

BLF President Andile Mngxitama 

The decision of the Pretoria High Court on Thursday to give non South Africans (asylum seekers and special permit holders from Angola, Lesotho and Zimbabwe) the Special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant of R350 per month for six months, is insensitive and shall only fuel black on black violence on the poor.

Hungry and poor South Africans have been waiting for the promised SRD grant for over 80 days. While the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has denied the applications of millions of people, the Court has not only extended the R350 SRD Grant to non South Africans, it has also set a timeframe of five days for it to be processed.

The Court conducts itself in the same way as politicians who say nothing about the poor of South Africa. The impression created is that the goverment and the courts do not care about the plight of poor black South Africans – the poor are only good for votes.

Black First Land First (BLF) calls on the government and the judiciary to serve the poor of South Africa and stop treating them like unwanted children.
Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee of (BLF NCC)

20 June 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

Zanele Lwana
(BLF Deputy President)
Cell: +27 79 986 7225

R350 SRD grant: BLF to lay complaints with Public Protector

R350 SRD grant: BLF to lay complaints with Public Protector

BLF President Andile Mngxitama

Black First Land First (BLF) has received multiple complaints from the unemployed who have no means of survival but their applications for the Special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant of R350 per month for six months, have been rejected by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

It looks like SASSA rejects applications arbitrarily. SASSA seems to have no clear objective criteria to assess the applications. This means that millions of poor and deserving people are excluded.

BLF is compiling the numerous complaints it has received for submission next week to the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

If you wish your complaint to be included in BLF’s submission to the Public Protector, kindly transmit it to us via our official email: [email protected]

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee of (BLF NCC)

20 June 2020

Contact Details

Zanele Lwana
(BLF Deputy President)
Cell: +27 79 986 7225