The Democratic Alliance said it was extremely concerned about media reports on Sunday that indicated that the South African Post Office (Sapo) is in serious financial trouble and may need to close points where social grants are distributed.
DA MP Bridget Masango said they would request the chair of the parliamentary committee on social development to persuade Minister Lindiwe Zulu to investigate the situation and report to Parliament.
“Millions of South Africans rely on welfare grants to support themselves and their families. In addition, many rural beneficiaries have no other means of accessing their grant than through these cash distribution points, “Masango said.
“If Sapo intends to close these points, vulnerable beneficiaries will be left behind. It is therefore imperative that Minister Zulu, as Minister responsible for social development at the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and Sapo, be told what the extent of Sapo’s financial problems are and what impact this will have on the distribution of welfare allowances… “
Masango added that Sassa, Sapo and Minister Zulu should be recognized as grants threatened. “If Sapo becomes yet another failed state entity and can no longer fulfill its contractual obligations in this regard, then they need to put in place contingency measures to ensure that not one beneficiary is abandoned.”