The R350 Covid-19 grant has ended, Sassa confirmed.
Despite pleas for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) to continue, Sassa said the special grants had been terminated as of Friday, 30 April.
Sassa’s Shivani Wahab says: “This means that no new applications will be accepted after this date. However, all applications which have been approved and approved applicants who have not yet received payment will still be paid.”
Human rights organisation Black Sash and pressure campaign #PayTheGrants demanded that the government extend the relief funding, as the pandemic continues its devastating toll.
Nationwide protests took place at several Sassa offices and post offices.