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Will Ramaphosa also queue for a SASSA grant if he resigns?

According to reports, President Cyril Ramaphosa is ‘likely’ to resign. Will he also find himself queuing for a SASSA grant?

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While it is yet to be made clear whether President Cyril Ramaphosa will step down, we wonder if he will he also be queuing for a SASSA grant since he will be unemployed.  

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) provides social grants for the elderly, disabled, and children. It also provides the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, introduced at the height of Covid-19 for unemployed citizens. 


Former South African presidents enjoy many benefits, including a substantial pension, medical aid, and provision of security. So, the chances of Ramaphosa queuing for a SASSA grant are zero, mainly because he is also a businessman.

As previously reported, the Section 89 independent panel made adverse finding against Ramaphosa when it probed if he has a case to answer regarding the theft of foreign currency at his Phala Phala farm in Limpopo in 2020.

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The panel said one of the troubling features about the source of the stolen foreign currency is that the theft was never reported to the South African Police Service (SAPS) for investigations as an ordinary crime. Nor was the theft reported under section34(1) of PRECCA (Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004).

It further said that there is substantial doubt about the legitimacy of the source of the currency that was stolen and that this is a serious matter which if established, renders the violation of section 96 of the Constitution and PRECCA, a serious violation, and a serious misconduct.

According to Vincent Magwenya, Ramaphosa’s spokesperson said the President would address the nation “soon”.

Magwenya said a national address would be held imminently following the release of the Section 89 Independent Panel report, which made scathing and damning findings against the President. He added that Ramaphosa was still considering his options.

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