Disgruntled Social Grant Recipients in Limpopo to March Against Closure of Cash Payment Points

Disgruntled social grant recipients in Limpopo, South Africa, plan to march to the Premier's office, demanding the reversal of SASSA's decision to close physical cash payment points, highlighting the impact on the elderly and local economy.

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Disgruntled Social Grant Recipients in Limpopo to March Against Closure of Cash Payment Points

Disgruntled Social Grant Recipients to March to Limpopo Premier's Office

A group of disgruntled social grant recipients in Limpopo, South Africa, are planning to march to the office of Premier Stanley Mathabatha on April 25, 2024. The Limpopo Pay-Point Organisation, representing the grant recipients, is demanding that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and Post Bank rescind their decision to close all physical cash payment points in the province.

Noko Motibane, the chairperson of the Limpopo Pay-Point Organisation, spoke to SAFMNews about the organization's demands. "We want the Premier to forward our memorandum of demands to the President," said Motibane. The demands include calling a meeting with the Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, to resolve the decision to close the physical pay points.

The closure of the cash payment points has affected elderly people and self-employed workers who used to sell their goods at these locations. The Limpopo Pay-Point Organisation argues that the decision has had a negative impact on the livelihoods of these individuals and the local economy.

Why this matters: The planned march highlights the ongoing challenges faced by social grant recipients in accessing their funds and the potential socio-economic consequences of closing physical payment points. The outcome of this protest could have implications for social grant distribution policies across South Africa.

Premier Stanley Mathabatha's office has not yet released an official statement regarding the planned march or the demands of the Limpopo Pay-Point Organisation. As the date of the march approaches, authorities are preparing to ensure the safety and security of all participants involved in the demonstration.

Key Takeaways

  • Disgruntled SASSA grant recipients in Limpopo plan to march to Premier's office on 25 April 2024.
  • They demand SASSA and Post Bank rescind decision to close physical cash payment points in the province.
  • Closure of cash points negatively impacts elderly and self-employed, says Limpopo Pay-Point Organisation.
  • Protest aims to get Premier to forward demands to President and meet with Social Development Minister.
  • Outcome could impact social grant distribution policies across South Africa.