By Elroy Paulus, Black Sash Advocacy Programme Manager.
South Africans had every reason to be optimistic following last week's State of the Nation address, when President Kgalema Motlanthe promised that his government would "sustain and expand social expenditure, including progressively extending child support grant access to children of 18 years of age?"
It seemed that at long last our government would honour its constitutional responsibility and realise the right of our children to social protection. It also appeared, briefly, that our government had begun to accept the need to give the one-in-four adults who can't find work in our economy some support too, albeit temporary, through the expansion of the social relief of distress grant (SROD).
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