SASSA has announced in a statement that they will send Lifelines to Rejected COVID-19 Grant Applicants.
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) will be relooking at all the declined COVID-19 grant applications, to give full clarity to rejected applications.
‘The high numbers involved raised questions and SASSA decided that it would be wise to reconsider these before subjecting them to an appeal process, which comes at a cost and resultant delays, given the urgency to pay out the grant during these trying times for poor people impacted negatively by the national shutdown.’
‘In early June close to 50% of processed applications did not qualify in terms of the criteria. Over 70% of those that did not qualify were either receiving or qualifying for UIF benefits according to the database that SASSA was using then to sift through the applications. Subsequently, SASSA took a decision to request an updated database to reconsider the declined UIF cases instead of advising the aggrieved applicants to follow the appeals route.’
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With the number of rejected applications, it is now clear that most people actually qualify for the grant.
‘Out of this reconsideration
SASSA also added that ‘More than two and a half million applicants have already been paid so far from over 3.2 million who applied for the COVID-19 grant. “Updating the UIF database has brought such a relief to us and the affected beneficiaries, the numbers will rise daily until we have paid all deserving individuals who were previously declined”, said Totsie Memela SASSA CEO. She added that SASSA is working with the Department of Social Development to finalize the modalities of the appeals process for applicants who still feel that their applications were rejected unfairly. ‘
‘The appeals function will be added to the www.srd.sassa.g