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The looting dead: R120m fraudulently claimed from Covid-19 TERS benefit

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Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi.
Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi.
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The dead, people too young to work, Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) employees and SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) beneficiaries looted almost R120 million from the UIF Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) benefit between 1 April and 30 September.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and the Auditor-General recently told the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) that just more than 6 000 government officials looted more than R41 million from the money supposed to provide relief to unemployed people during the Covid-19 pandemic. Furthermore, soldiers, inmates and the faithfully departed all claimed from the UIF's TERS for Covid-19 benefits.

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