PayTheGrants protest in eQonce against the end of Covid-19 grant

By Nombongo Nxele

The protest on the N2 Bridge on the way to eQonce from the Gqeberha side at half past eleven took place on April 30.  The R350 Social Relief of Distress Grant is coming to an end today. Its applications and beneficiaries are certain extreme hunger is their future, the inception of the SRD Grant in May 2020 to help with hunger relief was the first of its kind in the history of South Africa.

It has since been preventing acute hunger for more than six million people. Ntsika Mateta said, “The grant should not be terminated instead the grant should increase to R2500 because food is expensive and many businesses are closing in South Africa due to Covid.”

In its 2021 Budget submission, the Budget Justice Coalition (BJC) a collaboration of civil society organisations argues that ending the R350 Covid social relief distress grant at the end of April will be catastrophic and will heighten hunger, uncertainty, vulnerability and accelerate a breakdown of the social fabric.

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