SOUTH AFRICA: Pretoria High Court has ruled that refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa must qualify to apply for SASSA R350 COVID-19 unemployment grant.

It has ordered government to include them in the COVID-19 unemployment grant of R350 which is being administrated by the South African Social Security Agency on behalf of the Department of Social Development.

This includes asylum seekers and special permit holders from Lesotho, Angola and Zimbabwe.

The court declared directions issued by Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu unconstitutional and unlawful.

It found that it excluded certain groups from accessing the R350 Unemployment grant.

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The minister has been given five days to quantify the costs of extending the grant and another five days to publish amended regulations.

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