South Africa

Post Office decision ‘COULD’ be reversed- Here’s why

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will leverage all the parliamentary channels to oppose the decision by the South African Post Office (SAPO) to stop paying out the R350 SRD grant. 

On Tuesday the Post Office announced that it will no longer pay out the R350 SRD grant to reduce long queues at its branches. 

DA WEIGHS IN ON THE POST OFFICE’s DECISION ON R350 SRD GRANT

Spokesperson, Johan Kruger said a new round of applications for the R350 SRD grant has opened which now includes an option where beneficiaries can receive their grant from any Pick n Pay, Boxer, Shoprite, Checkers or USave merchant. 

“The SA Post Office strongly advises beneficiaries to include this option:  Post Office branches will no longer pay out SRD grants,” he said.

Details on how R350 SRD grant beneficiaries can receive their grants. Photo: Twitter/@PostOfficeSa

The DA said it will write to the Ministers of Digital Technologies and Communications and Social Development to urge them to reverse the senseless decision by the Post Office to no longer pay the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant at its branches.

The party said the 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. 

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“Many rural communities struggle with access to Post Office branches as more and more branches are closed countrywide.

“At a time when the cost of living is at an all-time high, poor South Africans need their government to provide them with the relief they need to make ends meet, instead of suffocating them with additional expenses, all in pursuit of reducing long queues.”

DA

The DA’s Solly Malatsi and Bridget Masango said the long queues at Post Office branches are a result of the entity’s chronic inefficiency, shortage of staff and obsolete technological infrastructure and not because of the beneficiaries of the social relief grants. To blame those queues on the latter is to gaslight poor South Africans.

ALSO READ: SASSA R350 grant: SA Post Office to stop paying beneficiaries

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