Suspects in court for stealing UIF money worth over R5 million

6 July 2020

The Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi has welcomed the weekend arrests of several suspects who are accused of being part of the enterprise that scammed R5.7-million from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).

The money was meant as relief for workers during the lockdown.

The five were arrested at the weekend by the Hawks and are expected to appear in court on Monday.  

Nxesi said that working together with its internal auditors, the office of the Auditor-General, contracted  forensic auditors and law enforcement agencies, the Department was putting those who thought that the UIF was their source for easy money on notice.

He said perpetrators would be found and will be prosecuted.

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Asset Forfeiture Unit has already frozen funds after it applied for the order from the High Court.

Source: Algoa FM at