Presidency under fire as hundreds march demanding Basic Income Grant

Press Release 3 February 2023 

Over 500 protesters marched to the Union Buildings on 2 February 2023, to call on President Ramaphosa to address their social grant demands when he delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 10 February. 

Organiser Tlou Seopa of said: “We are marching to demand President Ramaphosa to announce clear plans to turn the R350 grant into a Basic Income Grant of R1417 per person per month when he addresses the nation this coming Thursday.” 


Press Release – Communities to march on the Union Buildings in support of a Basic Income Grant demand

Hundreds gathered outside SASSA’s head office in Pretoria, where members of community organisations and, handed over a memorandum demanding SASSA executives urgently fix R350 grant issues. 

Community members surveyed by have complained of a host of challenges when it comes to accessing SASSA payments, and in some cases, their appeals for support have been declined. 

Acting SASSA CEO Abraham Mahlangu and spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi received the memorandum. 

The crowd then marched to the Union Buildings to hand over another memorandum demanding a Basic Income Grant to representatives of the Presidency. 

One community leader present at the Union Buildings handover was the Community Organising Working Group’s Gogo Eunice Manzini. 

“The Basic Income Grant is important to help families like mine because, as a pensioner, it is difficult to provide for my family as I cannot work, and watching my family and other families like mine struggling every day to put food on the table, angers me and breaks my heart,” she said.

Public Liaison and Stakeholder Management Phil Mahlangu accepted the memorandum on behalf of the Presidency. 

On 3 February 2023, Presidency sent a Letter of Acknowledgement of the memorandum and committed to responding ahead of SONA. 

Over 450 000 people have signed petitions to increase social grants. Show your support here, here and here

For more information and interviews, contact 

Tlou Seopa Campaigner 


Cell: 081 761 5326 

Thabisile Miya Community Engagement Officer 


Cell: 063 472 0680 

Zintle Tyuku Community Engagement Officer 


Cell: 082 776 8551

All picture credits: and Denvor de Wee.