East London - Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu on Friday, expressed concerns about the high number of young social grant beneficiaries in Eastern Cape.
Following her Eastern Cape engagements with provincial social development member of the executive council (MEC) Siphokazi Manyi-Lusithi and senior officials from South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and National Development Agency, Zulu said the state was overwhelmed by social grants needs when it could be supporting people in their own development.
Addressing the media at the East London Sassa offices, Zulu said about 71 percent of social grants recipients in the province were young people.
She said the government pays about R3 billion a month on Eastern Cape beneficiaries alone.
"It means something is not going right. Most of this money should be going towards the elderly, should be going to supporting them so that they can be able to support their families," said Zulu.