Deputy Social Development Minister Says Sassa Beneficiaries Shouldn’t Drink Subsidies, Gets Talked About Them

  • Deputy Minister of Social Development Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu arrested for ‘anti-poor’ remarks
  • The minister said women who receive grants from the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) should not spend them on alcohol
  • South Africans were annoyed by the remarks, with many saying the government is out of touch with reality

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LIMPOPO – Social Development Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu recently found herself in hot water for her recent comments during a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) campaign.

Deputy Social Development Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu said women should not use their Sassa grants to buy alcohol. Image: @The_DSD and Getty image
Source: UGC

She said recipients of South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) grants should use the money wisely rather than spending it on alcohol.

A video of his controversial comments was shared on Twitter.

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Bogopane-Zulu said recipients do not respect Sassa grants. She claimed that some women used the money to buy alcohol or to pay stokvels for alcohol instead of buying food.

The Deputy Minister said that although some women raised poverty and unemployment as a concern, they admitted to drinking and brewing their own alcoholic concoctions when they could not afford alcohol.

Bogopane-Zulu said the only way to tackle FASD in the community is for women to avoid alcohol during pregnancy.

She said no amount of alcohol is safe for an unborn child, according to SchedulesLIVE. His comments caused quite a stir on social media and angered many.

South Africans react to the comments:

@MadgersUnited said:

“The deputy explains how ill-informed and disconnected government employees mistakenly attribute the habit to the overwhelming majority of the few. This claim is not supported by evidence – neither here nor anywhere else in the world. Is this the best assistant we have?

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@wheresalecia commented:

“You should be ashamed of yourselves. One more deputy minister. All the studies show that women, in particular, do indeed use social grants to feed their families. This government is showing itself every day as the DA and anti -poor.

@UberMimz_15 posted:

“Is it the audacity to talk about this issue when you give people a fraction of what they need to live, while your comrades loot millions? How about you start respecting our tax and using it to improve the country? »

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She was speaking at a three-day youth conference at Impaphala in Nkandla on Saturday June 18 and called for serious intervention.

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Joel C. Hicks