16 million SA citizens depend on social grants

The percentage of people who rely on social grants has risen from 12.7% in 2003, to over 30% in 2015.

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CAPE TOWN - Sixteen million South Africans rely on social grants.

That's according to the latest General Household survey results released by Statistics South Africa.

The percentage of people who rely on social grants has risen from 12.7 percent in 2003 to just over 30 percent in 2015.

Stats SA's Kefilwe Mosipeng says, "That is a sign that many people in the country are not able to fend for themselves and therefore find themselves depending on the state."

But Mosipeng says the high number of state dependents weighs negatively on the country's economic growth as the individuals are not economically active.

"The moment it starts to sway toward higher numbers of state dependency means there is a burden that has been put on the economy itself."

The percentage of households receiving at least one social grant has also increased to 45 percent from just under 30 percent.