- UIF Social Relief Fund fraud has been rife since measures were announced to aid citizens amid Covid-19
- On Friday morning the Hawks swooped in on a South African who had allegedly defrauded the fund
- Over R3 million is said to have been stolen by the 47-year-old company director
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The South African Police Force has announced that a 47-year-old has been arrested for allegedly defrauding the Covid-19 UIF Social Relief Fund.
The woman was taken into custody by the Hawks on Friday morning with the SAPS commenting that:
"A 47-year-old director of a company in Malamulele has been arrested today for allegedly defrauding the Covid-19 UIF Social Relief Funds over R3 million on behalf of her former Malamulele Extended Public Works Program (EPWP) workers."
More information is expected to be released on this incident soon but citizens have applauded the authorities for clamping down during this difficult time. Take a look at just a few reactions from Mzansi citizens from social media below:
Nosandiso Solomon: "We really thank God for exposing greedy people. I pray than more of these cruel people to be exposed. Well done Hawks, may God protect you and your loved ones."
Muzi Ngwenya: "Well done Hawks. When are the Hawks going to arrest ministers who also defrauded government Covid-19 funds?"
Dr Mark Ousborne De Villiers: "How I wish I was into politics, I would loot millions and leave this country."
Tshepo Tshabalala: "At this rate, I am even scared to wear my Nike sneakers I bought last week. I might be next."
Willy Pisa Rams: "Clean up the mess Hawks... It is time to get the job done and we want our country to be clean."
Teddie Obrien: "Things are starting to happen."
Leroy Mambozy Mamba- "Arresting people while they won't stay in jail its a waste of resources."
Mandla Ndawo: "It's happening, they thought it was easy money."
Lesetja Nandoz Motluguneng: "We expecting one more to be arrested very soon."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi had opted to suspend UIF management after it emerged that numerous issues had been found at the fund.
An auditor-general report had discovered questionable payments had been made to individuals in prison and even deceased citizens. The clampdown had provided some time for the UIF to strengthen loopholes in the system in order to prevent further incidents.
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