SEVERAL RELIGIOUS GROUPS HAVE ALREADY APPROACHED THE GOVERNMENT FOR A SECOND TRANCHE OF FUNDS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO NEEDY FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS.

THE MINISTER OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SERVICES SAYS SO FAR HER MINISTRY HAS NOT PICKED UP ANY FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY BY THESE FAITH-BASED ENTITIES IN ACCESSING THESE GRANTS.

HOWEVER, SHE SAYS THERE ARE APPLICANTS FOR THE RENT RELIEF GRANT WHO ARE STILL TRYING TO DEFRAUD THE STATE.