The unemployed say that the Covid-19 social relief grant of R350 does not meet their basic needs.
Unemployed youth and marginalised groups marched to Parliament to deliver an “alternative budget speech” on Wednesday.
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.
The organisations are also demanding that a comprehensive plan for a guaranteed basic income be put in place in the next national budget.
Civil society, community-based organisations, trade unions and activists protested in major cities and towns around the country to demand better living and working conditions.
Protests around the country to mark the start of a national campaign by different organisations to build and connect community struggles against covid-19 and government austerity took place on Saturday, 1 August.