Jan-Jan Joubert
3 minute read
19 Feb 2021
7:02 am

SIU poised to strike on fraudulent UIF Ters benefit claims

Jan-Jan Joubert

A total of 20 people have been arrested and 70 criminal court cases have started.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund has been beset with a plethora of fraud allegations and complaints from clients and companies since the inception of the Covid-19 Ters relief scheme. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Authorities are rapidly closing in on thousands of South Africans (citizens and officials) who unlawfully enriched themselves through the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Ters). On August 22 last year Minister of Labour and Employment Thulas Nxesi referred the findings of the office of the Auditor-General regarding fraud and wasteful expenditure associated with Ters payments to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) – colloquially known as the Cobras – for consequence management and legal action. This week, the Cobras reported back to the parliamentary portfolio committee on labour and employment. ALSO READ: More than R57bn paid out...