Four families lost their belongings when a fire tore through the settlement on Wednesday.“The City of Cape Town immediately responded (to) the victims by providing them with starter kits to rebuild their homes,” ward councillor Elgan Fortune said.
But days after the fire, the victims still had not received the “soft support” they needed from Sassa and were still awaiting disaster relief. Under the Social Assistance Act, Sassa is legally mandated to provide social relief in times of disaster. Sassa is a national entity run by the Department of Social Development and has a budget to cater for disaster relief.
Social Development MEC Albert Fritz said: “It is simply unacceptable that Sassa is failing to deliver after it announced it would take over the distribution of social relief, which includes providing temporary grants, food parcels and vouchers and rebuilding kits.”