The Democratic Alliance has challenged Minster Dlamini to live on R753 a month and has extended an invitation to accompany her to a local supermarket to see if it is indeed possible to live on R753 a month.
Wits researchers calculated that one person can live on R1319 per month or R5276 for a family of four for what Dlamini calls, “adequate food and non-food items”. With the rate of inflation on foods, it is also interesting to see where the minister received the relevant information from.
Karen De Kock, a DA member of the Portfolio Committee for Social Development asked Minister Dlamini for a written reply to her two internal questions which went as follows;
“(1) What factors were taken into consideration when the 1 April 2016 increase in social grant pay-outs by her department were calculated;
(2) whether she has found that the specified increase of social grant pay-outs will allow the grant recipients to meet their minimum nutritional requirements based on food price inflations; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?”
Dlamini responded by saying that social grants had increased by 8.2% in the financial year and that, “the amount of money available for the individual grant increases is subject to government’s expenditure ceiling and is guided by the appropriation made for grants by Parliament.”
She went on to say that social grant increases are determined in consultation with the National Treasury and the South African Social Security Agency.
Bridget Masingo, DA shadow Minister of Social Development, said Minister Dlamini's statement is “deeply insensitive and completely untrue” when considering the country's rising food prices as a result of the drought and other issues.
Masingo has now challenged Dlamini to join her, “as soon as possible, on a trip to the shops to test her claim that R753 can buy ‘adequate’ food and other essential items. I will, today, issue a written invitation to the minister to accompany me.”
“This uncaring response demonstrates yet again just how much the ANC has changed. The ANC governs like black lives don’t matter, more concerned with benefiting from state resources than helping those most in need.”
Africa Check recently collated all governmental positions annual salaries and found that the highest paid minister receives R226 400 per month whilst the lowest paid minister, a NCOP (National Council of Provinces) permanent delegate or National Assembly member earned R86 120 per month.