No, Mr President, we cannot reduce social grants to reassure business - CAPE TIMES 07 Dec 2011

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PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma's comments last week to investors that social grants are not sustainable and that taxpayers should rather be developing SA than feeding the poor, run the risk of undermining this vital poverty intervention programme. While the president may have been trying to reassure business leaders that we are not turning into a welfare state, it was irresponsible of him to send out a message that our society will reach a point soon where we can afford to reduce social grants. That won't happen till we can reduce people's very real need for support. As his own National Planning Commission acknowledged, "We should not underestimate the length of time it will take to fix the problem (of poverty)".

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