Cuts to government’s health and education budgets are unjustified and crippling the economy while increasing inequality, the protesters argued.
The SAHRC inquiry into child health in the Eastern Cape found that between April 2021 and March 2022, 116 children died of severe acute malnutrition.
A report by the Children’s Institute says that the rate of teenage pregnancy is linked to gender inequality, a lack of sex education and poor reproductive health services.
The author argues that government is failing to respond to the lived reality of communities by increasing the amount of the ‘Covid’ grant given to the poorest and making it more accessible.
The finance minister would deny in his speech that he was presenting an austerity budget, but confirmed the expectations of public sector unions and the unemployed who marched in Cape Town against budget austerity.
The finance minister announced the extension of the SRD grant by a year while activists are calling for a basic income grant of R1,500 a month.
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Food prices are rising as SDR grant recipients struggle to buy basic necessities.
The Cry of the Xcluded demand a basic income grant of R1,500 which they say will meet the immediate needs of the unemployed.
The end of January marks the end of the Social Relief of Distress grant of R350, disbursed by Sassa, but civil society organisations have called for an extension.
Long snaking queues are still the order of the day at the social security agency, Sassa, after 302 days of lockdown in South Africa.
The organisations are also demanding that a comprehensive plan for a guaranteed basic income be put in place in the next national budget.