Eric Naki
Political Editor
3 minute read
11 Aug 2021
4:40 am

New finance minister already ruffling feathers with income grant comments

Eric Naki

Initially, the grant was not an official ANC policy until the pandemic broke out and many poor people lost their jobs.

(Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Thulani Mbele)

Barely a week after his appointment, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana is embroiled in a bitter spat with civil society organisations, while trade unionists have fired a broadside at their erstwhile union comrade now pushing a neoliberal agenda. The fight began on a rather unexpected issue, the basic income grant (BIG), which the minister rejected as promoting the “dependency” of black persons. Godongwana told the Sunday Times that his view of the issue differed to that of “white liberals who thought that every kid or black person must be kept in perpetual dependency through grants” and that the BIG did not...