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TRC Identified Victims Invited to Apply for Financial Assistance for Education

June 19, 2020

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Truth and Reconciliation Commission identified victims of apartheid are invited to apply for financial assistance for education.

The justice and constitutional development department invites applications for the 2021 academic year until 30 September 2020.

The invitation applies to financial assistance for basic education and higher education and training.

As regards basic education, qualifying applicants receive educational assistance in respect of Grades R to 12 for payment of school fees, boarding fees, uniform and transport.

In terms of higher education and training, assistance is provided in respect of adult education and training; further education and training; higher education and skills development.

“The assistance covers tuition fees (full cost), boarding, textbook, transport, meal allowances, once-off device and additional financial assistance to students with disabilities in respect of assistive devices and human support.”

The department points out that the assistance only applies to learners/students enrolled in public institutions.

Meanwhile, the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services has given the green light to salary increases for office bearers earning up to R1.5 million per annum in the South African Human Rights Commission and the Office of the Public Protector.

In a statement, the committee indicated that president Ramaphosa had proposed a 2.8% adjustment for office-bearers earning between R1 million and R1.5 million and a 4.5% adjustment for office-bearers earning below R1 million.

According to the committee, the recommendation was approved with the amendment of the date of 1 July 2019 and not 1 April 2019, as per the notice.

The committee chairperson, Bulelani Magwanishe, stressed that the increases applied retrospectively.

“It is important that the public should be made aware that this salary adjustment is a retrospective increase for the previous financial year. This is not a current increase. The whole country is facing financial challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we would not want South Africans to be under the impression that we are condoning salary adjustments of this nature in this difficult economic times.”

New regulations on the leave cycle for magistrates were also approved.

Leave can now only be accumulated up to a period of three years and any leave not taken during this timeframe will be forfeited.