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Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu. Image via: Alet Pretorius / Gallo

DA calls on Lindiwe Zulu to urgently address Parliament on R350 grant

The Democratic Alliance (DA) said Lindiwe Zulu has provided no clarity as to how many South Africans have received the R350 relief grant.

R350 grant Lindiwe Zulu DA

Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu. Image via: Alet Pretorius / Gallo

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has requested that Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu, make an urgent executive statement to Parliament, regarding the status of the R350 COVID-19 relief grant.

At one point, SASSA’s CEO Busisiwe Memela – Khambula confirmed that only 10 people received the R350 grant. Yes, 10 people.


The DA said it has been, as long as, seven weeks since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the special R350 COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant and there is still no clarity as to how many South Africans received the grant outside of the 100 000 beneficiaries SASSA paid by the end of May.

“SASSA indicated that more than 1.2 million beneficiaries are being verified and that more than 660 000 applications have been approved. The DA, however, has heard of numerous successful applicants who have been waiting for weeks to receive their grants without any indication or communication from SASSA on when these monies would be paid,” said DA Shadow Minister of Social Development Bridget Masango.   

“Their pleas for SASSA to give clarity have also fallen on deaf ears,” she added. 

In terms of Rule 133 of the National Assembly, a Minister may request the Speaker for an opportunity to make a statement on pertinent matters which Parliament should be informed of. 

According to the DA, SASSA’s inability to pay out the R350 grant to millions of poor and vulnerable South Africans is a critical matter which Parliament should be fully aware of.


The DA said the National Assembly is scheduled to meet on Friday 12 June, which would be the ideal time for Zulu to explain herself or in the words of the DA; “come clean” regarding the R350 grant.

“We call on Minister Zulu to use this as an opportunity to come out of hiding and come clean on whether her Department and SASSA is buckling under pressure. Their inability to timeously pay the special grant has pushed millions of South Africans further into poverty,” said Masango.  

In addition to the update on the number of South Africans who have received their monies, the DA also requests that Zulu update Parliament on what plans SASSA has in place to capacitate their offices. In other words, Zulu should explain what measures are in place to battle delays in the payment of the R350 grant and the long queues outside of its offices.

“The poor and vulnerable cannot be strung along in this manner. They should be treated with dignity,” added Masango.