Grants shouldn't be 'political bribes'

2011-03-17 18:08

Cape Town - While acknowledging the critical importance of reducing poverty, there is a growing perception that the ANC is "abusing social grants in an attempt to retain political power", the Freedom Front Plus said on Thursday.

This follows comments by pre-eminent South Africans in which serious criticism was raised about corruption and the government's use of social grants and black economic empowerment (BEE), FF Plus spokesperson Conrad Beyers said in a statement.

Criticism was expressed by, among others, businessman and former ambassador Franklin Sonn, Western Cape Congress of SA Trade Unions provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich, and political analyst and former president Thabo Mbeki's brother Moeletsi Mbeki, during a conference on poverty jointly hosted by the Dutch Reformed Church and the United Reformed Church.

Beyers said two comments by Mbeki, if true, were particularly worrying.

These were that the ANC "is buying votes through their use of social grants", and that the ANC possibly had a vested interest in "keeping impoverished people poor and uneducated".


Beyers said if the ANC was "using social grants to nearly 15 million people as political bribes, history will point it out as being one of the most serious and undemocratic abuses in South Africa's history".

"This will in effect mean that a dwindling number of taxpayers are paying to keep a largely incompetent, expensive and corrupt government permanently in power," he said.

The FF Plus was concerned that the initial honest intentions of the social grants were developing into an "economic and political monster which will destroy the country in the long run".

"The FF Plus is of the opinion that poverty in South Africa is a time bomb which has to be defused through sustainable job creation, economic growth and responsible and well-planned social programmes," Beyers said.

  • Andy49 - 2011-03-17 18:35

    They have been taught well by their northern neighbour Mad Bob Moogabby.

  • briansmith702 - 2011-03-17 18:35

    Would it surprise you?????

  • paulus.nel - 2011-03-17 18:37

    Hmmm ne, and what are we going to do about it? Ive heard (not sure how true this is) that there is a child grant for the mom, and then another grant for the parent or guardian of the childs mother? Anyone know if this is true.

  • Peter - 2011-03-17 18:37

    So true, and the bad news... its old news!

  • Bumblebee - 2011-03-17 18:40

    In order to receive a disability grant, one must be certified DISABLED - NOT ABLE TO WORK. But did you know that a person who has been found DISABLED TO WORK and who LEGITIMATELY collects a DISABILITY GRANT OF R1,100 PER MONTH, is ALSO allowed by the State to continue with PERMANENT EMPLOYMENT at a monthly salary of R2600, pushing up the DISABLED person's income to R3,600 per month. For in case you did not know this, and wish to push up your monthly income with R1,100, just apply for a disability grant - please contact the Dept. of Social Welfare's head office in Johannesburg - they will patiently explain to you how the system works.

      Perfume - 2011-03-17 20:36

      Nee man is jy ernstig lol

  • Yoni - 2011-03-17 18:46

    "Initial honest intentions" from government? Come on... As long as the grants are extended there will never be a sincere effort to create or find employment. Over 5,000 years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel, "Pick up your shovels, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the Promised Land." Nearly 5,000 years later, Mandela said, "Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a Camel; this is the Promised Land!" Now Zuma wants to steal your shovels, kick your asses, raise the price of your Camels, and mortgage the Promised Land.

      POLLENYS - 2011-03-17 19:48

      BRILLIANTLY PUT! But this is the style everywhere in Africa, not?

  • Bheki - 2011-03-17 18:58

    We should all agree that the current grant system introduced by the ANC is not sustainable in the long run. I would agree that it has the potential of buying the ANC votes. They ( ANC) have not released the effect of this grant, free housing has created a culture of entitlement, just look at the demands and the increases in the civil servants pay which also is above inflation - also not sustainable. This is done with the purpose of getting votes.

      Benzo - 2011-03-17 20:04

      the free housing issue is another ANC bribe. In my little village, people with an ANC card have reportedly priority in the housing schemes. Maybe that is what Zuma meant when he promised -metaphorically speaking- "heaven" if one has an ANC member card.

      Dee - 2012-05-12 17:44

      Bheki - Indeed it is not sustainable - and my greatest sympathy lies with the people who earn too little to get a bank loan, but too much to qualify for a free house..... so in effect, this policy is 'paying people not to work or pay taxes. I saw an amazing concept in China where govt subsidises people to develop self-sustaining rural communities - but they have to qualify with proven plumbing, electrical, farming etc skills. The place I saw had 'multi-tiered' farming of pigs (their manure burnt for electricity); cows in highest structures, and their poop fertilising grasses below for hens and ducks. Below that a lake fish farming and the hens poop fed that. Ecologically and economically sound ....... For that, I would shout for land redistribution!

  • n s - 2011-03-17 19:14

    no surprise there. I love it, you are voting for the ANC if you pay tax.

  • mariomobster - 2011-03-17 19:20

    Change the BEE racist act!! A european owned company that creates 10 jobs is worth much more than one BEE tender awarded to the rich! Allow white owned companies to compete fairly in the market and to assist in job creation.

  • Madelane - 2011-03-17 19:29

    Noooo it can't be. They would never sink so low. Not our ANC with their high moral standing and clean efficient governance.

  • Meanleader - 2011-03-21 13:46

    And we get asked to help with this charity and that charity , poor people begging from us in the street . Stop all charity support , and let these people stand up against their own masters of mayhem .Or we can help it on it's way !! You know !!

  • micheal.moolman - 2012-05-12 12:37

    Tax, tax and more tax... VAT(tax)... Fuel levy(tax)... Toll fees(tax)... Capital gains tax...Carbon tax... Companies tax... Individuals tax... Tax on investments... Tax on retirement saving...Tax on savings...and so the list goes on. We're buckling under the tax burden, little wonder citizens of this beautiful land struggle to prosper.

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