Labour toughens procedures for TERS payment

Labour toughens procedures for TERS payment

Labour officials have vowed to increase their crackdowns on fraudsters taking advantage of government's UIF TERS scheme. 

Steve Bhengu

The relief packages are meant for employers and employees hard-hit by the coronavirus crisis. 

But the department's admitted there'd been some fraudulent and suspicious claims, one of which was a R5 million payout to a Pretoria man.

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UIF spokesperson, Makhosonke Buthelezi says they're currently investigating 57 cases with some already in court. 

He says previously, a payment was approved based on an existing bank account. 

Their procedures have now been tightened:

"Now what we are doing is each and every employer before we pay, the bank has to verify that the account exists. 

"We have to link that account - if its a company - to the CIPC system, to check if the company really exists and it has been existing for quite some time and its not a company that was just formed now because they want to access the COVID-19 benefit," says Buthelezi. 

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