The social support scheme has hit a wall, with applications for new payments lapsing at the end of April. But the agency has moved to reassure its clients that they will be paid ‘all monies owed to them’ – even if they have to double-up.
R350 grant latest – payments still being processed in May
There has been an appeal for calm, after a number of approved applicants showed up at post offices and other venues to request payment of the R350 grant funds still owed to them. SASSA has warned against panic, instead opting to tell those affected that ‘all deserving clients’ will be properly remunerated – even though there are no specific dates given.
SASSA has since been questioned about how *exactly* these payments will be made. Many beneficiaries are at least two paydays behind, due to various administrative issues. They have asked if ‘double payments’ will be made to them, essentially having R700 deposited into their accounts after already missing one payday.
Will SASSA issue ‘double payments’? It’s a grey area…
According to the agency, double payments in May are indeed a possibility for some – but they won’t always be delivered this way. The backlog of funds could be split over a period of days or weeks, rather than arriving as a lump sum. When people receive their outstanding R350 grant – and in what manner it comes – is purely down to ‘luck of the draw’.
“All applicants for the R350 grant can rest assured that the monies will be paid as soon as possible. Even after the grant has ended, payments will be made to those deserving clients. It may not necessarily come as a double payment or a lump sum on the same day, and in some cases, could be split over days or weeks. We apologise for any inconvenience.”
- You can read the full statement here: