ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa, addressing concerns as the country approaches election day, has expressed fears that critical initiatives such as NSFAS and social grants might disappear if the ANC loses power.
Speaking in Mbombela during the ANC’s 112th birthday celebration, Ramaphosa emphasised the potential negative impact on the country if the ANC fails to secure the majority vote, according to EWN. Highlighting the significance of ANC policies, he noted that the NSFAS currently supports nearly 1.3 million students annually, and approximately 47% of South Africans rely on monthly social grants.
“Our policies have been pro-poor. I don’t know of any other country in the continent that has committed itself to 18 million people who receive grants, young and old, as well as an additional 10 million who get grants of R350,” stated Ramaphosa.
However, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the two prominent opposition parties, assert that they are not against social grants. EFF Leader Julius Malema highlighted that no child or adult could survive on R350 or R450 per month.
“The plan is that you cut expenditure on those nice to haves and you lift the grant above the poverty line,” added DA leader John Steenhuisen.
Ramaphosa firmly believes that the continuity of grants and financial aid schemes for South Africans hinges on an ANC-led government. As the election date approaches, these concerns about the potential consequences of a change in political leadership will likely be a focal point in public discourse.
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