South Africans, who claim to be unemployed for years without any other source of income, have allegedly been declined the SASSA R350 grant.

Unemployed South Africans are fed-up with the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) after many of them have not received their R350 grant. Applicants have taken to social media saying that they have been declined the grant despite meeting the criteria to qualify.

The special grant has been formulated to help those without an income during the COVID-19 pandemic.


SASSA has outlined its requirements in order for unemployed persons to receive the R350 COVID-19 relief grant.

According to SASSA CEO Busisiwe Memela there are specific requirements for the R350 grant. Applicants must be:

  1. Above the age of 18;
  2. Unemployed;
  3. Not receiving any income;
  4. Not receiving any social grant;
  5. Not receiving any unemployment insurance benefit and does not qualify to receive unemployment insurance benefits;

Frustrated applicants have taken to social media saying that they qualify for the R350 grant — they are over 18, they are unemployed, they are not receiving any other help — and they are still being declined for the relief grant. SASSA hashtag has since been trending on Twitter on Monday 15 June.

One Twitter user said:

“I’ve been unemployed for two years now but my application has [been] declined and where do I get income from other sources?”

This comes after the applicant allegedly received an sms from SASSA saying the following:

“Your application for SASSA COVID-19 SRD grant is declined. You currently have income from other sources.”

The applicants claim they have no other sources of income and have not in years. However, SASSA has allegedly been declining many applicants due to them having other income sources.


On 10 June, SASSA said all applicants who did not receive the R350 grant in May, would receive double payments in June.

By the looks of it, some applicants haven’t received their payment for May or June.

SASSA did, however, say that there was no fixed date for the R350 grant to be paid.

“There is a high volume of applications, however, SASSA will respond to all everyone. We issue our sincerest apologies for the delay. The turnaround time for payment to reflect once bank details have been successfully verified should be about seven working days. But due to high application volumes, it may take slightly longer.”

The problem is, some applicants on social media are not complaining about a delay, they’re complaining about being declined for a grant.

  • SASSA, at the time of publishing, did not address the issue on any of their social media pages.