MPs say reason to stop paying the social relief grant at its branches to help “alleviate long queues” is not good enough
Post Office must continue with payment of social grants
11 May 2022
Note to Editors: Please find an attached soundbite by Solly Malatsi MP.
The DA will write to the Ministers of Digital Technologies and Communications and Social Development to urge them to reverse the senseless decision by the South African Post Office (SAPO) to no longer pay the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant at its branches.
This move will no doubt disadvantage millions of poor South Africans who rely on this grant to provide for their families by forcing them to incur unnecessary additional travel expenses to access this grant outside of the communities they live in. Many rural communities struggle with access to Post Office branches as more and more branches are closed countrywide.
The insistence by SAPO that its decision to stop paying the social relief grant at its branches will help “alleviate long queues” is not good enough.