Ramaphosa to pay ‘huge political costs’ for withdrawing social relief grant

Ramaphosa to pay ‘huge political costs’ for withdrawing social relief grant

Did Ramaphosa hit the right note? (GCIS) Withdrawing the R350 social relief of distress grant introduced in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic could possibly lead to people mobilising against President Cyril Ramaphosa as he campaigns for another five-year term as leader of the governing ANC.

This is according to Michael Sachs, the deputy chairperson of the Finance and Fiscal Commission, an advisory body to the government.

“Now having gone down this path where there is a grant, there is no going back,” Sachs said during a forum on Tuesday on the much-mooted basic income grant (BIG).“There was a moment […]

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