UIFBL Premium reports that Thobile Lamati, director-general of the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) told MPs on Friday that disciplinary hearings against Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) managers would take place this week.  

The hearings follow a recommendation by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) that charges be brought against the seven officials, including three senior and four middle managers.  The SIU’s recommendation was based on the outcome of its investigation into the UIF’s supply chain management system following findings by the Auditor-General of SA (AG) of fraud and payment irregularities under the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) for workers affected by the Covid-19 lockdown.  Lamati told MPs that charge sheets had been compiled and handed to the implicated officials and relevant authorities.  He said the suspended officials, including the UIF commissioner Teboho Maruping, and chief directors responsible for operations and labour activation programmes as well as the director of supply chain management, would remain on suspension pending the finalisation of the SIU investigation and lifestyle audits.  In September Maruping, and the fund’s CFO, COO and the head of the supply chain management were placed on precautionary suspension on full pay following a probe into Ters by the late AG, Kimi Makwetu. The officials were suspended pending a forensic investigation by the SIU.

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