Human Rights Organisation, The Black Sash says the government should increase the R350 social relief grant to at least R1000.
Government has responded to the economic hardships most South Africans are passing through due to the nationwide lockdown by introducing the temporary Covid-19 social relief of distress grant of R350 to the unemployed.
The organisation’s comments were made in reaction to the announcement measures made by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday.
The Black Sash said: the R250 increase of all grants and a R500 increase of the children support grant for six months were a step in the right direction.
According to the organisation, the temporary Covid-19 social relief of distress grant was a significant intervention, however it should include parents who are unemployed, regardless of whether they are already receiving the child support grant (CSG).
“The roll out of the temporary Covid-19 grant was the first step to a permanent basic income grant for those aged 18-59 years with little or no income.” The Black Sash said.