Due to incomplete applications for the temporary relief scheme for employees and employers of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), R3.2 billion has not yet been paid out.
This is evident from a statement by Labor Minister Thulas Nxesi on Monday asking employers to provide the missing information. The delay affects 725,791 employees from 123,977 employers.
He says although some companies were able to reopen at level 3 of the restriction, there are people for whom payouts can make a big difference.
“There are also companies that are still closed or in trouble, and we hope the workers do not find themselves in need now.”
The first Covid-19 Ters payouts to employees were paid to employers on April 16. To date, R21 billion has already been paid out to 3,609,161 employees from 314,454 employers.
Nxesi says he is worried about employers who are apparently holding back the money and not paying employees. “There are also allegations that employees received only a portion of the amount. We are also aware of companies that apparently lend the money to their employees, or who use it for something else. ”
Auditors have been appointed to check what is being paid out of the money. Nxesi says they will not hesitate to take action against companies that violate the law.
In addition to requesting employers to provide the missing information to help people in need, Nxesi has also asked companies to do the right thing and give the money to whom it is due.