Currently, there are about five major social assistance grants in the social security system. The system currently has more than 16 million people receiving grants. Given the socio-economic backlogs and poverty facing the majority of black people as a result of apartheid disparities, the current social security system is understandable and needed. While it is good that 16 million South Africa are saved from extreme poverty, such a number is itself indicative of the failure of the current government.
An AZAPO government will:
- Strengthen management and efficacy of the social security system
- Root out corruption that is plaguing the payout of social grants
- Eliminate the hardships associated with the payout of old age pension and disability grants
- Provide for all social grants, based on a minimum living wage
- Provide a social wage for the unemployed
- Tie some of the social grants for the able-bodied to community service which will allow them to gain skills and experience while contributing to community wellbeing