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MINISTER DLAMINI WELCOMES CONSTITUTIONAL COURT JUDGEMENT ON SOCIAL GRANTS Print E-mail
Friday, 17 March 2017

The Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, welcomes the judgement by the Constitutional Court today, March 17, 2017.

It has always been the Department of Social Development's belief that the Constitutional Court was the right place to hear the matter.

The Minister has committed herself and SASSA to comply with the order of the court.

"The Constitutional Court judgement this morning is a victory for all the social grant beneficiaries, particularly vulnerable children, persons with disabilities and older persons to whom social assistance is a lifeline. More importantly, this judgment will ensure that there's no interruption in the provision of social grants," said Minister Dlamini.

Speaking today at the National Stakeholder Engagement meeting, Minister Dlamini sincerely apologised to every beneficiary for the anxiety and fear they had to endure in the past few weeks. She further stated that going forward the Department and SASSA will ensure that social grants are used strategically to improve local economic growth particularly in poor communities targeting women and youth.

The Minister also extended her utmost appreciation to the Black Sash for assisting SASSA and social grant beneficiaries in making sure that no money is deducted from their grants. The organization was part of the Ministerial Task Team established by Minister Dlamini to look into the matter of illegal deductions and recommend ways in which they could be stopped.

"We look forward to working with Black Sash as we endeavour to improve our social assistance programme. We have always contended that the primary role of our government's social assistance programme is to alleviate poverty," added Minister Dlamini.

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

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