South Africa: Black Sash to Fight Cancellation of Caregiver Top-Up Grant

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The Black Sash Trust is going to court on Friday to prevent the South African Social Security Agency from cancelling the R500 top-up grant for caregivers during lockdown. The trust says while it tried to seek clarity on the extension of the grant, it was ignored, and learnt via social media that the grant would be cancelled.

Arguing that the R500 caregiver grant is a vital measure to assist the most vulnerable of people in South Africa during an "unprecedented time of distress" with food and shelter, the Black Sash Trust will ask the North Gauteng High Court on Friday 30 October to interdict the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) from cancelling the grant.

Sassa announced this week on social media that the R500 top-up grant for caregivers and all other top-up grants "have come to an end" and that November's grants will revert to pre-Covid figures.

"We argue that the caregiver grant is a vital measure needed to assist the most vulnerable people in our country through an unprecedented period of distress to access basic needs like food and shelter. In fact, the additional amount is closely linked to the current state of disaster and cannot come to...

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