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SASSA Grant Custodian Will Not Return to National Assembly



SASSA Grant Custodian Will Not Return to National Assembly

SASSA Grant Custodian Will Not Return to National Assembly. Lindiwe Zulu, the Minister of Social Development and custodian of SASSA grants since 2019, will not be returning to parliament.

SASSA Grant Custodian Will Not Return to National Assembly

Following the ANC’s inability to win a majority vote in the May 29 election, Lindiwe Zulu, who has been the custodian of SASSA grants for the last five years, will not be returning to the National Assembly. Despite June 2024 SASSA grant payments proceeding smoothly, there is uncertainty regarding the future of South African Social Security Agency grants under the upcoming government of national unity.

Missing from the ANC List

Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu was notably absent from the ANC list of public representatives submitted to Chief Justice Raymond Zondo last week. She isn’t the only high-profile minister not returning to parliament. Here are other notable names:

  • Minister of Police, Bheki Cele
  • Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and People with Disabilities, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
  • Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thandi Modise
  • Minister of Public Service and Administration, Noxolo Kiviet
  • Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel
  • Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan
  • Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor
  • Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi
  • Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Zizi Kodwa

Zulu Response to Her Departure

In response to her removal from parliament, Zulu stated: “I gave my youth and adult life for a free, democratic, and non-racial South Africa. In or out of government, my commitment remains the same. To those celebrating my ousting, you are the ones out. I’ve been in, long before your celebration of my out. I’m here for life until the black majority celebrates true freedom. Aluta Continua,” she concluded.

Achievements and Contributions

Before becoming the custodian of SASSA grants, Lindiwe Zulu served as the Minister of Small Business Development from 2014 to 2019. During her tenure as Minister of Social Development, she oversaw significant initiatives, including the introduction of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She also worked to increase the SRD from R350 to R370 in the lead-up to the ANC recent election campaign. Moreover, she strongly advocated for a Basic Income Grant, which the ANC claimed would be implemented by 2026.


Lindiwe Zulu’s departure from parliament marks a significant shift in the leadership of SASSA grants. Her tenure saw crucial initiatives and responses to pressing social needs. The future of these grants now faces uncertainty under new leadership in a government of national unity.

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