joburgcityEWN reports that the City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ) Group Forensics and Investigation Services (GFIS) has discovered that over 1,500 employees of the metro fraudulently received special Covid-19 social relief grants and other grants.  

These included the social, child, military veterans, and social pension grants.  The grants were intended to provide much-needed relief to unemployed and poverty affected vulnerable groups in society and were not to be accessible to employed individuals.  The GFIS found that 419 workers unduly benefitted from the R350 special Covid-19 social relief, while 1,129 employees were fraudulently benefitted from the other grants.  Mayor Geoffrey Makhubo advised in a statement:  “We have directed labour relations in the city to initiate disciplinary proceedings against those affected and have advised GFIS to share the outcome of the investigations with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) for further action which may include criminal prosecution.”


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