The Department of Employment and Labour has noted and welcomed the sentence handed down by a Pretoria Magistrate Court on Tuesday, 22 March 2022, to three undocumented immigrants for impersonating Labour Inspectors: Okichukwu Michael Uzor (45), Loveness Mandivava (32), and Nyemudzai Muzvidza (33) Each of the three undocumented foreign nationals was sentenced to twelve months in prison with an option of R10,000 fine.
The Department applauds and welcomes the decision, stating that it sends a clear message to those posing as labour inspectors and performing any labour inspection functions to flee. The Department is concerned about the growing number of pretentious inspectors in the province but believes it is only a matter of time before the department pounces on them and the courts deal with them properly.
The Department wishes to once again thank members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) and employers in the Marabastad area for their prompt response in this matter. As a result of their efforts, the three undocumented foreigners were successfully convicted.
In accordance with Section 63 (1) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act 75 of 1997, as amended, the Department appoints Employment and Labour Inspectors to monitor and enforce the following legislation: The Basic Conditions of Employment Act 75 of 1997, as amended; the Compensation for Occupational Injury and Disease Act, No. 130 of 1993; the Employment Equity Act, No. 55 of 1998; the Occupational Health and Safety Act, No. 85 of 1993; and the Unemployment Insurance Act.
The Department wishes to accentuate and explicitly state that it has no agreements or partnerships with recruitment agencies and that no organisation has been authorised to charge for services rendered by the Department. Employers are urged to continue reporting any suspicious visits or requests to SAPS or the Department's regional offices. Employers who are concerned about an inspector's visit should contact the Department's nearest office to verify the inspector's credentials.
Provincial Communications Officer: Gauteng
Acting Departmental Spokesperson
Those who attempt or defraud the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) should be aware that they will be arrested and punished for their heinous actions. That is the stern warning issued by UIF Commissioner Teboho Maruping, who has welcomed the recent conviction of a couple who cheated the UIF's Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Covid-19 TERS) out of more than R10 million.
Moroko Moremi, 37, and his wife Treasure Moremi, 34, were recently found guilty of fraud by the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court. This was after the couple, who are directors of Denmeng Trading, applied for Covid-19 TERS for 553 workers when they only employed 22.
However, joint efforts by the UIF’s investigators, law enforcement agencies at the Fusion Centre such as the HAWKS, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), and the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) led to the couple’s successful arrest and conviction. They are scheduled to be sentenced on 17 May 2022.
The latest conviction is against the backdrop of a recent court appearance of two suspects at the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court after they received R2,7 million from the UIF, but allegedly failed to use the money in line with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the UIF. Amongst others, the MOU requires that the Covid-19 TERS monies must be paid over to the qualifying workers applied for.
Commissioner Maruping has conveyed his gratitude to law enforcement agencies for the latest conviction and arrests.
"I hope the latest conviction and arrests send a strong message to other would-be fraudsters that the long arm of the law will always catch up with you. Those who have helped themselves to funds earmarked for workers during the lockdown should always remember that the law is creeping towards them and they will not have any peace. We will not tolerate the siphoning of workers’ benefits by unscrupulous individuals. All fraudsters are on notice and we hope more suspects are arrested and sent straight to jail.
"Working together with law enforcement agencies, we will follow every lead pointing towards suspected fraud. We also thank the public for being vigilant about the abuse of Covid-19 TERS funds by blowing the whistle to us"; said Maruping.
To date, there have been four convictions of individuals who have defrauded the UIF of Covid-19 TERS funds, and more are expected as 15 cases have been referred to the SIU for further investigation.
In 2020 the Fund embarked on the "follow the money" project was close to R 900 million was recovered. The project is expected to resume in April 2022 upon the appointment of audit firms and it is anticipated that additional recoveries will be made, and more arrests will take place as fraudulent claims are uncovered.
UIF Director: Communications and Marketing
071 491 7236
Acting Departmental Spokesperson
066 301 4645
The lockdown will begin on the evening of Thursday 26 March 2020 at 23:59.
The lockdown will remain in force for 21 days.
All South Africans will have to stay at home until midnight on Thursday 16 April 2020.
The categories of people exempted from this lockdown are as follows:
o Health workers in the public and private sector,
o Emergency personnel,
o Security services – such as the police, traffic officers, military medical
personnel, soldiers and,
o Other persons necessary for our response to the pandemic.
It will also include those involved in the production, distribution and supply of food and
basic goods, essential banking services, the maintenance of power, water and
telecommunications services, laboratory services, and the provision of medical and
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