Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
2 minute read
15 Jul 2021
5:32 am

New mom tells of 8-month struggle for UIF payout

Marizka Coetzer

The matter went from bad to worse when she was informed that the assessor originally made a mistake on the system and uploaded her claim as a miscarriage.

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If becoming a new mother wasn’t stressful enough, imagine giving birth in a pandemic and waiting eight months for the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) to make a payout. Liesie Pretorius from Pretoria West has been struggling for eight months to get her UIF payment after giving birth to a girl in November last year. “As a new mom, I felt a bit like a failure because I could not buy the essentials she needed,” Pretorius said. She said four months without any income were very difficult because she could not even afford medical bills. Pretorius said despite paying her UIF...