Eric Naki
Political Editor
3 minute read
17 Jul 2020
4:54 am

Basic income grant a ‘Molotov cocktail’ for SA – analyst

Eric Naki

The debate around the basic income grant was reintroduced by Lindiwe Zulu when she announced government was discussing the possibility of implementing the grant for the poor.

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu. Picture: ANA

As the government mulls implementing the long-delayed basic income grant, a leading political analyst says it is a populist ANC policy that will exhaust state coffers and kill the future of the next generations. Despite research showing the grant was feasible and an answer to poverty alleviation and would help to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor, political analyst Xolani Dube is adamant it’s another reckless use of state resources by the ANC to achieve political objectives. That’s because it would be unsustainable for a country like South Africa, which was beset by ongoing economic stagnation. Dube,...