Local News/ 13 November 2019, 08:02am/ The Insider Reporter
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Bloemfontein: UIF beneficiaries in Free State have called on the hawks to investigate the workers at the department of labour where they are “defrauded their earnings.”
Benefiaries made allegations against other officials who includes inspectors, whom they accused of receiving bribes from employers to cub their inspection and forfeit their investigations.
Thapelo Mohale told The Insider that: “I left my job after I got dismissed, I went to labour to apply for my UIF to this date I’m still waiting.”
Another unemployed concerned person, Eunice Moreki called on the Hawks to investigate.
She claims government needs to fire corrupt officials.
“Poor people are being victimized by the corruption by workers at the department, I think police should investigate,” she said.
Meanwhile, former labour employee Thokozani Percy S’kosana, 42, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for 15 counts of fraud by Wit bank magistrate court.
The former employee of the Department of Labour was attached to
the Unemployment Insurance Fund
It is reported that during the year 2012,
S’kosana fraudulently started a company
named Simajale Transport and General
Dealer and registered ghost employees
which he claimed UIF benefits on their
behalf resulting in the department losing
R63, 033.56 Upon hearing that, the Hawks serious commercial crime investigation ensued.
Consequently, S’kosana was arrested and statements from people who were falsely registered to receive UIF benefits were obtained and they were turned state witnesses.
Following a series of court appearances,
S’kosana was not only sentenced to three
years’ imprisonment but he was also wholly suspended from work for five years.
The court additionally ordered
him to pay the spent money back to the
department. Furthermore, the convict was declared unfit to own a fireman in
terms of the firearms Control act.
The Provincial Head of the Directorate
for Priority Crime Investigation in
Mpumalanga, Major General Zodwa
Mokoena , applauded the
investigation by Hawks was superb and the prosecution of the case was done accordingly.
It is alleged that numerous workers from the department around the country run companies with ghost employees just to rob the department.