A pensioner has reportedly been paid R4.7 million by the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) as Covid-19 relief…

The Sowetan reported that the 65-year-old pensioner from Hammanskraal, who is a retired bus driver, was mistakenly paid the funds which were meant to go to 1,000 of his former co-workers at Unitrans.

The publication reported that UIF could not explain how the R4.7 million was paid to the pensioner on 25 April instead of it being paid to the company.

The bus company the retiree used to work for had enquired about its application for UIF Covid-19 relief when it found out that the payment had been made to the 65-year-old.

At the time, the pensioner had already spent about R100,000 of the R4.7 million.

UIF spokesperson, Makhosonke Buthelezi reportedly would not say how the money was recovered and would not explain why a case was not opened.

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Buthelezi told the publication that the Covid-19 relief fund will be paid to the bus company once an investigation has been concluded.

The Asset forfeiture unit recently froze accounts linked to R5 million in Covid-19 UIF Temporary Employees Relief Scheme (Ters).

The money was allegedly paid into a wrong account before several transfers were made to other accounts in order to launder the money.

(Compiled by Makhosandile Zulu)


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