Employees are desperate for financial relief, but many still haven’t received any UIF payments from their employers

According to the Pretoria Rekord, employment and labour minister Thulas Nxesi called on employers to ensure the funds are paid to workers this week.

The department has already paid out R9,5 billion through the UIF and Covid-19 temporary employer/employee relief scheme (TERS). These payments are meant to have benefited almost two million workers. However, the department has also highlighted a total of 619 365 workers are still to be paid, that will amount to more than R2,6 billion.

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Suspension in payouts

The processing of claims was delayed by the Auditor General who ordered a temporary suspension due to ‘deficiencies’ in the UIF’s payment system. According to a statement by the Democratic Alliance, these ‘deficiencies included “inconsistencies regarding past payments made to people who are deceased, imprisoned, or who are minors.”

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“We know that the TERS scheme has been serially defrauded, including one well-known case in which a single individual received and laundered R5,7 million intended for 1 400 workers,” said a statement by DA MP, Michael Cardo.

The 24-hour delay was lifted again on Wednesday this week

“As the UIF management, we recognise and acknowledge the possible negative impact this might have on millions of workers who depend on these cash injections. That is why we would like to appeal to our contributors to bear with us because these intermissions are designed to make the Fund stronger so that it can continue doing its work of providing sustenance to workers in their time of need,”  said Teboho Maruping, the UIF Commissioner.

How to check if your employer has already received funding:

The department of labour has provided a list to check which companies have received UIF payouts so far https://uifecc.labour.gov.za/covid19/paidEntitiesList .

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