Social grant fight taken to Treasury

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Protesters are occupying the National Treasury calling for the implementation of a Basic Income Grant.

The 70 members of the Assembly of the Unemployed are staging the sit-in also calling for an end to Treasury’s budget cuts.

It forms part of a national civil society campaign calling for a basic income grant of R 1 500 a month.

They want it to be apply to people aged between 18 and 59.

Today’s protest comes as last week’s State of the Nation Address failed to inspire the public on government’s plans to help the poor.

The demonstrators accuse President Cyril Ramaphosa of attempting to absolve his government by telling the nation that ‘government does not create jobs. business creates jobs.’

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May 19, 2022
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