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UIFTimesLIVE reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) says it will co-operate with law enforcement agencies on investigations into alleged corruption related to its labour activation programme.

The UIF noted that a Sunday World report referred to a Hawks and Special Investigating Unit (SIU) investigation into allegations of corruption related to its programme designed to ensure that unemployed UIF beneficiaries were reintegrated into the labour market. “The UIF has not received official correspondence from the law enforcement agencies pertaining to the said investigation but will co-operate fully if requested to do so,” the UIF indicated in a statement. The Sunday World reported that employment and labour minister Thulas Nxesi has been fingered as a person of interest for the Hawks and SIU after an investigation into fresh allegations of corruption involving about R3bn. It said a senior government official, who has turned whistle-blower, drafted an affidavit implicating Nxesi and his former director-general, Thobile Lamati, as the masterminds behind the scheme to irregularly pump millions of the labour activation programme funds to companies without following due process. The official alleged Nxesi would give directives to Lamati, who then passed the unlawful instructions to UIF commissioner Teboho Maruping. It said Maruping would ensure the execution of the instructions.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Ernest Mabuza at TimesLIVE

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