The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) R350 grant benefits 10 million people monthly. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) opened its application portal last week leaving applicants with limited time to apply for the grant.
At the time, It was revealed that only around seven million people have re-applied for the grant so far.
Social justice organisations around the country say the re-application requirement could leave millions of people without crucial support this month.
Black Sash Education and Training Manager, Amanda Rinquest says this is concerning and at least three million people have not yet reapplied for the grant as a result of the government's decision.
This means that Sassa’s system will need to process three million applicants over the next two days to provide these individuals with the grant.
initially, 10 million people per month receive this grant but not everyone has applied because the process has been so badly communicated this month
Rinqeunst adds that the lowering of the income threshold is the organisation's biggest concern. The changes saw the lowering of the income threshold from R595 to R350 which would see fewer people qualify for the grant.
She elaborated, “So if for example, you had some other kind of income that a lot that gave you like R400 a month for cleaning or some other form of thing that you did, you could still get this R350 grant. Now the government has said that if you have any income above R350 whether it's your uncle who's given you R350 and deposited into your bank account you will now no longer qualify for the grant”.
It was also revealed that grant beneficiaries will have to answer questions every three months concerning their financial situations. This as their living conditions may have changed.
Applicants may need to provide their parents' ID numbers when answering questions every three months.
Black Sash has reminded people that this question is not compulsory and applicants do not have to answer this question. The organisation also argued that the income of others should not impact a R350 grant application.