Financial Assistance for TRC Victims on Basic Education Increased

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Amounts flowing from regulations dealing with the provision of financial assistance to victims identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for basic education have been increased.

The regulations came into force in 2014.

The regulations were first published for comment in 2011 in terms of the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act of 1995.

The act established the TRC. Part of the commission’s work involved identifying victims of conflict in pre-1994 South Africa.

The act also instructed the TRC to make recommendations to the president on the granting of reparations to victims.

The regulations flow from the recommendations as considered by the joint committee established by section 27 of the act.

The basic education regulations aim to provide assistance in respect of grade R, general education and further education to a victim and a relative of a victim.

The amount for payment of school fees for grade R has been increased to R6803 per annum while the annual gross household income threshold stands at R179 585.

Payment of a boarding allowance is set at R27 210 while the payment of a school uniform allowance stands at R4 081.

The adjusted amounts, published in Government Gazette 42251, kicked in on 1 January 2019.

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