Some believe that South Africa’s massive social security programme is a calculated strategy by current government to maintain power. It is a pity that social grants have become a political football.

The UDM agrees that there is a need for social grants to help those South Africans who are vulnerable and need assistance. In terms of the current grants, a UDM government will however seek to improve certain aspects e.g. to extend child support grants up to 18 years and the expansion of assistance of child-headed households.

In the long-term a UDM government will ensure that the economy creates jobs on a massive scale to lessen this burden on the taxpayer; we must assist people to become economically independent.