DA: Clarify kinship benefit

2012-09-03 22:22

Johannesburg - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini needs to outline measures for the financial support of those who care for their grandchildren, the Democratic Alliance said on Monday.

"The minister’s vague proposal to introduce a kinship benefit to assist those dependent on the grants must be clarified," MP Mike Waters said in a statement.

The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg ruled last week that grandparents and siblings supporting children should be disqualified from receiving foster grants, as they had a duty to support children.

Waters said grandparents were likely to suffer as a result of the ruling.

"More than 300 000 grandparents could lose access to monthly grants as a result of the ruling... This ruling will have devastating implications for grandparents whose only income is their monthly R1 200 old age grant."

Waters said he would write to Yolanda Botha, chairperson of the social development portfolio committee, to ask Dlamini to clarify how financially overburdened grandparents would be protected.

Waters called on Dlamini to clarify proposals to introduce a kinship benefit to help those dependent on the grants and for measures to be put in place until this benefit could be implemented.

"The ruling is likely to increase the number of orphaned children who will end up in children’s homes."

He said the average cost of looking after a child in state-run children's homes was R2 200, while a foster care grant was R770 a month.

As such, withdrawing the grant from grandparents would cost the State three times as much money.

  • juannepierre - 2012-09-04 05:34

    Parents? 300000? Times that by 1200... Where a condom, get an abortion, I don't care just stop breeding like flies... Straight people are so gross.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-09-04 12:29

      Juannepierre, you question the parent issue. In many cases the parents are sick or dead because of AIDS. Family then step in - this is part of culture and cannot be expected to have budgetted hence the grant. I know of a grandmother who has two adult grandsons living with her as well as a minor granddaughter with a baby and a minor grndson who is doing drugs. The adult grandson has a father and the other a mother who lost her husband to a burst appendix. She refused to pay for him to do the traditional thing of being a bakqetha and so he ran away to his granny. The other grandson possibly impregnated a 13 year old cousin who was being fostered by his father and mother. I arranged for the girl to have the child adopted at birth and her aunt then took her in and fostered her until she completed school. She is the mother of the bakqetha son. The two minor children were sharing a home with the father and uncle of the possible rapist and were his children because the wife was there were three potential fathers of the 13 year old girl who was impregnated. It is possible that one of these two adult cousins have impregnated the minor girl now living with the granny although the mother of bakwetha son thinks father of baby is possibly a fisherman's child as this girl hung out at places frequented by fishermen. This has nothing to do with straight people per se and everything to do with social living conditions and poverty and ignorance. All are living off gran's grant.

  • max.reynecke - 2012-09-04 05:47

    Seen that the moderator keeps on deleting the comments I will put it mildly, the average pension receiving grandparent does not qualify for free housing, water and electricity, etc. They are worse off than the grant receiving grandparents in this scenario and that is socialism at its best.

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