NGOs and advocacy groups are concerned about the Department of Social Development’s announcement that more than 15 million people will have to re-register for social grants in the next year.
But Leonie Caroline, the Western Cape provincial director of the Black Sash, says that, “What the department is proposing is a massive bureaucratic undertaking,” she said. “We feel some people could fall through the cracks.”
In the same vein, Katharine Hall, a senior researcher at University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute, points out that, “What is not clear is whether grants will be cut after the (verification) process. It cannot be assumed that those whose identities are not verified are fraudulent beneficiaries.”
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