Le Roux said the SIU was able to secure sufficient evidence in support of a national UIF proclamation, which was signed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in April.
“During the investigating period a total of 13,447,006 employees received TERS payments or benefits from the UIF. These employees were linked to at least 1,156,565 companies and employers and a total of R57,384,148,010 was paid out by the UIF since the inception of the scheme.”
The SIU probed government employees, SA National Defence Force staff, inmates and ID numbers of the dead being used to claim from the relief fund.
Phase one of the investigation, which kicked-off on June 1, focused on individuals who received TERS benefits while employed by the state. It was envisaged to be completed on November 30. Phase two is expected to start immediately after phase one is completed. Le Roux said there were at least 107 ad hoc matters in addition to phase one of the investigation.
During phase one the SIU identified at least 6,000 employees within 24 government departments in various provinces.
Le Roux said: “In the Eastern Cape there were at least 501 matters in 11 departments amounting to R106m. There were 491 matters in the Free State involving eight departments valued at R4m. In Gauteng 1,664 individuals were identified in 10 different departments amounting to R15.6m, and in KwaZulu-Natal there were 769 matters in 11 departments amounting to R9.8m.”