nxesiIndependent Media reports that more than a month has passed since the disciplinary hearings for seven Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) officials who were allegedly implicated in Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) fraud.

But Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi is allegedly ’’refusing to report on the outcome’’. This was stated on Monday by Dr Michael Cardo, the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) spokesperson for employment and labour, who wants Nxesi to demonstrate that there are going to be serious consequences for UIF officials guilty of malfeasance. Members of the UIF’s suspended top brass – including the commissioner and the chief financial officer – have been sitting at home on full pay since last September as the issue drags on. The disciplinary hearings followed a recommendation by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) that charges be brought against three senior and four middle managers for contravening supply chain management regulations relating to the payout of the Ters benefit. According to Cardo, thousands of workers are still struggling to get their Ters benefits as the UIF’s systems are closed until 1 April due to financial year-end. meanwhile, members of the UIF’s suspended top brass “have been sitting at home on full pay since last September at a combined monthly cost of R450 551.39.”


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