Black First Land First (BLF) party says President Cyril Ramaphosa should give R50,000 to 5 million South Africans for 6 months to alleviate Covid-19 pandemic induced sufferings.
The party disagreed with the R350 monthly relief package the President decided to give for 6 months.
BLF’s deputy president Zanele Lwana said: “(in 6 months) This comes to R2,100 in total. It’s an insult. The government has decided to shamelessly give 2.1% of the R500 billion Covid-19 support package to the unemployed.”
She said: “This means that when 20% of R500 billion is divided among 5 million unemployed people each person will get a total of R20,000 for six months. This amounts to 5 million unemployed people each getting R3,300 per month for six months.”
She argued that the government’s package makes no sense as the BLF believes that a minimum of 5 million of the 10 million unemployed people in South Africa would qualify for the special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant of R350.
They aggressively “demand” that the poor be given a minimum of 20%, or up to a maximum of 50%, of the Covid-19 relief fund.
According to the BLF, if 50% of R500 billion was divided among 5 million unemployed people, each person would get a total of R50,000 for six months. The party gave no indication of the fact that the R500 billion relief package may comprise of other numerous approaches, including loans, tax relief, and other measures. The other approaches may indicate that the money does not entirely comprise disbursements from Treasury.
The President had announced in April that R500 billion put together in a social and economic relief package for the country’s economy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lwana said the government can afford the R50,000 monthly for 6 months to the unemployed as members of parliament earn approximately R1,137,933 a year. She believes R2100 to the poor for 6 months is too little when people in the parliament earn above R1 million per year.
She sarcastically asked if President Ramaphosa and Julius Malema can survive with R350 a month.