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Draft Regulations on Assistance to TRC Victims Drawn Up

September 30, 2020

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Draft amendments to the Regulations relating to Assistance to Victims in respect of Basic Education have been drawn up.

The justice and constitutional development department published the call for comment in Government Gazette 43740.

The Regulations came into effect on 7 November 2014.

The aim of the Regulations is to provide for financial assistance to declared TRC victims and their relatives and dependents in respect of the following categories: Grade R (year preceding Grade 1) for 1 year; general education (Grades 1 to 9) for 5 years; and further education (Grades 10 –12) for 3 years.

The assistance covers school fees, a boarding allowance, a uniform allowance and a transport allowance.

The department points out that a review of the Regulations, as amended, has been completed and a new set of Regulations has been drawn up.

However, the processing of the new set of Regulations has been suspended due to the impact of Covid-19 on the 2020 school year and consequently on the existing set of basic education regulations being implemented.

Therefore, the existing Regulations must be amended urgently in order to extend the period of application of the Regulations as they are set to expire in November 2020.

The draft regulations aim to address certain challenges and extend the period of application for another year.

Comment is invited until 7 October 2020.