Social grant recipients in Khayelitsha would much prefer having Sassa in its old premises with the Department of Social Development as it is closer to public transport and much safer, the protesters argued.
On Africa Day, migrants from the other parts of the continent based in South Africa talk about the hardships they continue to endure under Covid-19 and the lockdown.
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.
Hunger and a social security agency that is unprepared for the disbursement of the Covid-19 relief grant is what is causing the long queues.
The numbers of those infected by the coronavirus in Khayelitsha are growing alarmingly as residents fail to practice social distancing while they queue for food parcels and submit applications for jobs.
The strategy by SASSA to stagger payments of social grants fails as elderly and disabled people and shoppers stand in long queues in poor communities around Cape Town.
Getting any kind of service from a government department is going to be more difficult than usual when the lockdown will leave just skeleton staff in place. Photo by Mzi Velapi
Measures to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus are blocking applicants for social grants.
SASSA officials in Khayelitsha joined the nationwide strike calling for suspension of the biometric enrollment system.
As from today we will take a pause in production until the 22nd of January but we thought it would be a great idea to end the year by looking back to some of the big stories we have covered over the course of the year.