The goose that lays the golden egg must be somewhere in Europe, argues
Linza de Jager. The closest thing we have to such a goose is Sassa. And judging by the size of its grants it is a stingy goose, barely capable of laying eggs.
Sassa’s grants, or shall we call them ‘eggs’ to fit in with the goose theme, came under scrutiny just last week. The scrutiny had to do with the payment of the promised R350 Covid-19 grant. Only 10 people had received their grants by 22 May. Another 3.5 million were squawking with frustration and wondering how to make ends meet.
Get to the bottom of this
When asked about this Sassa CEO Busisiwe Memela-Khambula said that Sassa has to “ensure there are no duplications from people trying to double-up. We then have to check if our applicants receive any other social grants. We then send that data to Sars to make sure that people that are actually going to get the money are not already receiving a salary.”
No imposters, please
So Sassa wants to make sure that their grants go to the right people. It wants to make sure that the applicants for the teeny-weeny grants are as authentically, abysmally poor as they claim to be. Heaven forbid that a member of the middle class should benefit from a grant. The thought of a millionaire or billionaire trying to get his long fingers on a Covid-19 grant must keep the Sassa goose up at night. In the unlikely event of this happening, one has no doubt that his eggs will be addled, his goose will be cooked for him, his fat will end up in the fire!
The many poor people in South Africa experience many tests and trials. Getting hold of the small Covid-19 grant is just the latest one. The Sassa goose really should perform better.