On Tuesday, 11th of August 2020, many applicants woke up to the news they least expected from sassa. Most of the applicants were declined on the reasons so alien to their ears.
- 1 Why So Much Mass Decline
- 2 Some of the Reasons For The Decline
- 3 SASSA has to Go Extra Further
- 4 Example from SARS Official website
- 5 IRP5 and SARS and UIF Related Issues
- 6 Those with personal details mismatch or Identity Verification Failure
- 7 What You Can Do
- 8 You can also Appeal
Why So Much Mass Decline
Some were even shocked after receiving their first payment for the month of May and still decline to some reason they refer to as ‘flimsy’.
To some, this is an attempt by the government and his cohort to steal from the poor and deny what is due them.
Some are also of the feeling that, government and sassa do not have the financial strength to pay the srd grant of R350, thus why they are using such imperial tactics to decline their applications.
This is quite shocking especially those who have been paid in May, and are still wondering what has just happened in this twinkle of eye leading to the decline.
They observed that they have been unemployed during this so-called levels of lockdown due to the global pandemic.
It will be recalled that, a couple of months ago, sassa had to rescind its decision after wrongfully rejecting hundreds of thousands of applicants. They claimed it was due to the fact that they were using an old outdated database from various government departments for verification.
Later after receiving the new and updated information about 85% of the rejected applications were reconsidered and approved.
Some of the Reasons For The Decline
Among the reasons why they are declined are
2. Irp5 registered (irp5 is employee tax certificate)
3. seta intern
4. NSFAS registered
6. Source of income for last 18 months.
7. ID verification
8. Information mismatch etc
9 gov payroll registered
10. Identity verification failed.
What is even fascinating is that, someone who applied for NSFAS bursary and could not have access to the funds due to the inability to go to school.
In this instance, his or her information details are still on the NSFAS database as been funded but never received the money.
SASSA has to Go Extra Further
The question is how does sassa reconcile this issue and reconsider their application for approval.
The IRP5 or the employee tax certificate was among the top reasons for the decline. Had it not been this, most people had no idea what irp5 meant.
In such cases, sassa will have to, as a matter of urgency and as a social support agency, help clarify so that these applicants can have some form income either from their former employers if indeed they have worked in recent times.
What is even more baffling is the fact that among the requirements for one to qualify for this srd R350 Grant, the person must be unemployed. Now if someone has been unemployed for three years, how then do you reject the application and say he or she has other source of income.
Sassa did not make it clear to the prospective applicants whether the ‘unemployed’ they (sassa) is referring to was people who have never worked in their lifetime or not.
Now most of these rejected applicants are disgruntled and disappointed with turn of events.
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Example from SARS Official website
In one FAQ question posted on SARS website published on 25 June, 2020. SARS has denied knowledge of the srd grant applicants who have been declined for SARS and uif related issues.
Below is the question and answers :
“25 June 2020 – FAQ published for COVID-19 SASSA grant applications being declined with
a SARS reason
Question – I’m unemployed and applied for the COVID-19 grant at SASSA but it was declined with a response ‘Registered at SARS for PAYE’ or ‘Receiving an income’?
Answer – It should be noted that SASSA determines the criteria for paying of the grant or not. According to SASSA, to qualify for the grant, you need to be unemployed (not having any source of income) and not receive UIF or any other grants. Should this not be correct, please email SASSA on firstname.lastname@example.org if any complaints.”
IRP5 and SARS and UIF Related Issues
For those with issue related to the SARS or UIF or irp5, you can contact Department of Labour or SARS to seek clarification.
Similarly, those with NSFAS, seta and others should contact their respective institutions to provide more information on that. That will even help in case you want to appeal.
Those with personal details mismatch or Identity Verification Failure
if you are declined due to wrong name, surname, ID verification, please visit the https://srd.sassa.gov.za and scroll down to the last section of the page and update or change your personal details. Make sure you enter the exact name as they appear on the ID document.
What You Can Do
Now people South Africa will have to make a decision to spread the pain ad how they have been treated.
Please share this post with your friends and relatives and social media platforms to let the whole world know about the issue.
That notwithstanding, they may be others who might indeed be employed or do not deserve to be receiving the grant, but sassa has to re-look at their criteria and make sure their appeal system is as transparent as possible.
You can also Appeal
God bless South Africa.