'If grants are not paid, we could go to bed hungry'

'If grants are not paid, we could go to bed hungry'

The social grant payment crisis has got South Africans worried.

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But the president, deputy president and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini have all given the assurance that pay-outs will be made come 1 April. 

These assurances however come with little detail about which services provider will be used, where grant recipients will have to go to collect their money and what the actual process will be. 


Wardah Samuels is unemployed. 


Finding work has become even more challenging after her right leg was amputated in 2015.


She has four children and relies heavily on her monthly social grants to feed, clothe and school her children. 


Her number one worry is still whether the money will indeed be paid out. 

Jacaranda FM News interviewed pensioners, disability grant and child support grant recipients. 


Many are questioning the legality of the new agreement between the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and Cash Payment Services (CPS).


Some grant recipients say whether it's paid lawfully is insignificant as it's a matter of food on the table and going to bed hungry. 


Sassa and CPS reached an agreement last week to ensure 17 million South Africans receive their grants on 1 April. 


It comes after the Constitutional Court ruled the current agreement invalid in 2014. 


For the agreement to be enforced - treasury will have to give it the go ahead. 

Additional reporting: Bishop Baloyi

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