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presidencyThe Mercury reports that the Presidential Employment Programme (PEP) in eThekwini Municipality has been flagged for irregularities after it emerged that more than half-a-million rand has been paid to people who were not supposed to benefit from the programme.

The PEP is a government initiative that seeks to stimulate economic activity by giving employment to South Africans without work. A report compiled by the municipality’s economic development and planning cluster, which has oversight of the programme, detailed the irregularities. It was compiled after the auditor-general found during its audit that there were material irregularities in the programme. The AG’s audit covered the 2022/23 financial year and was tabled before the municipal public accounts committee (MPAC) last week. The report revealed that R471,000 had been paid irregularly to people who should not have been part of the programme as they were already employed elsewhere in government at the time they benefited. Twelve of the people were employed in other government departments, while eight were deceased. One person was paid R147,000 from the programme while he was in the employ of the Department of Public Works. Two other people earned R73,000 from the programme while they also worked for the state. The report found that more than R42,000 was paid posthumously to eight people who were deceased. DA councillor Sibonisi Sibisi called on the City to do more to prevent double dipping where people who were already employed in other government departments were also benefiting from the PEP illegally.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Thami Magubane at The Mercury

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