SA becoming welfare state - SAIRR
Johannesburg - The number of social grant beneficiaries in the country has increased by more than 300% in the last nine years, the SA Institute of Race Relations said on Monday.
"SA is becoming a welfare state... the number of social grant beneficiaries is on a constant rise. Grants risk creating a dependency syndrome," spokesperson Nachi Majoe said in a statement, commenting on figures in its latest South Africa Survey released last week.
In the 2009/10 financial year the country had nearly 14 million social grant beneficiaries. The child-support grant made up the highest share with over nine million beneficiaries. The old-age grant was second highest, with over two million beneficiaries.
By 2012 the national treasury predicted there would be 16 million beneficiaries.
Thirty percent of the country's population of 49.9 million were currently receiving social grants.