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MPs grill UIF official on Covid-19 Ters payments made to the dead

Members of parliament’s standing committee on public accounts on Wednesday lambasted an Unemployment Insurance Fund official for not accepting responsibility for Covid-19 Ters payments made to deceased people.

Members of parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) on Wednesday lambasted an Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) official for not accepting responsibility for Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) payments to deceased people.TimesLIVE previously reported that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) found a criminal syndicate involving government officials and private companies, among others, using ID numbers belonging to deceased people to claim Ters payments.Scopa demanded that UIF officials appear before it to explain how payments were made to deceased people.A heated exchange started when UIF acting commissioner Mzie Yawa was asked to explain why the UIF did not notice it was making payments to deceased people.

Politics 24 November 2021 - 16:22 Employment and labour minister Thulas Nxesi conceded there was a problem with the department's IT system.Employment and labour minister Thulas Nxesi and UIF officials briefed the committee on progress in implementing corrective measures at the UIF and Compensation Fund.

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