Covid-19 update: R120m in TERS funds paid to state officials, deceased

Covid-19 update: R120m in TERS funds paid to state officials, deceased

More information has emerged on the scandal facing the Unemployment Insurance Fund's TERS scheme, revealing that state employees and even deceased citizens were paid out millions. explores the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa.

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The UIF TERS scheme was intended to assist South Africans financially endure the lockdown implemented as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It recently emerged that gaps in the system allowed citizens who weren't meant to claim score millions from this critical fund. explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic below:

Nxesi confirmed that government employees, SANDF officials and even deceased South Africans had been fraudulently paid R120 million by the UIF. Image: Flickr/ GovernmentZA
Source: UGC

1. Nxesi confirms R120 million looted by state employees, deceased citizens

Responding to questions posed in Parliament Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has shed some light on the looting that has taken place at the UIF in relation to its TERS relief fund.

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Nxesi confirmed that (between the start of April and the end of September) over R119 million was paid out for fraudulent claims including applicants too young to work, deceased citizens, inmates, applicants with invalid identity numbers and applicants with the same bank account details as UIF employees.

In addition to this steep sum, Nxesi also confirmed that over 9 500 government and SANDF officials had been paid out over R41 million during the pandemic despite still receiving their salaries.

News24 reports that Nxesi confirmed that the UIF Fraud Unit and the Special Investigating Unit are still probing the situation with a recovery process initiated by the UIF.

The minister also noted that 'possible criminal cases and internal disciplinary cases can be instituted' against UIF employees found with their hands in the cookie jar.

2. Mkhize on latest Covid-19 statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africans with an update on the Covid-19 pandemic.

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In a statement issued on Sunday evening, Mkhize confirmed an increase in the number of positive cases, commenting that:

"As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 737 278."

In addition to the new cases, the minister also noted that new fatalities had been recorded:

"Regrettably, we report 20 COVID-19 related deaths today: 19 from Eastern Cape and 1 from Gauteng, This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 19 809."

Mkhize reported that recoveries now stand at 679 688 which translates to a recovery rate of 92%.

Earlier, reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address South Africa this week.

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu confirmed that Ramaphosa is set to update the nation on the plan to combat Covid-19 in the country.

With other nations opting to impose a second lockdown, speculation is rife that this family meeting will see restrictions tightened in Mzansi.

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