The Western Cape Social Development department has welcomed the re-opening of all SASSA’s offices in the province.

The offices will service residents from next Monday the 11th of May.

The SASSA offices were initially closed by direction of the National Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu on 30 March 2020, as part of the Covid19 lockdown.

But the need for the offices to reopen and help with the distribution of social relief soon became very clear.

DA spokesperson on social development Bridget Masango said there was a clear need to open Sassa offices countrywide to deal with the flood of  applications for social grants and welfare relief during the Covid-19 lockdown period.

“We have given Minister Zulu until 5pm today to respond to our very reasonable request. The DA’s lawyers are instructed to launch a court application to compel government to open Sassa offices if the minister fails to see reason and do the right thing.”

Social Development MEC Sharna Fernandez says the social agency will be heavily relied on.

“The re-opening of all offices will go a long way in assisting the national entity to respond to the social and economic relief measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week. With many people not having access to modern technology – a local office serves as the only method for our most vulnerable people to access these essential services”.