Public servants urged to refrain from temptations to benefit from 350 Grant

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Director-General of the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), Yoliswa Makhasi, has urged public servants to refrain from temptations to benefit from the R350 special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant.

Makhasi said the DPSA is concerned about the public servants who see nothing wrong in applying for the grant while they have a source of income because the SRD is intended to provide relief to the poor and financially distressed citizens in the country.

Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, reported that approximately 40 000 public servants applied for the R350 relief grant in May last year and 241 of the public servants received the grant.

“I want to reiterate that any official who receives any form of income from the public service, does not qualify for this grant and may not apply for it as it is tantamount to stealing from the poor,” reiterated Makhasi.

Last month, President Cyril Ramaphosa said to support those who have no means of supporting themselves, they are reinstating the Social Relief of Distress Grant to provide a monthly payment of R350 until the end of March 2022.

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