The Department of labour has launched a fraud hotline which is accessible 24 hours per day in all 11 official languages. The department launched this platform to enable the public to report all suspicious criminal activity related to the Covid-19 Ters and any other UIF fraud-related matters.
“Since the inception of the Covid-19 Ters relief scheme, the UIF has been beset with a plethora of fraud allegations and complaints from clients and companies. I am, therefore, urging anyone with information regarding any Covid-19 Ters fraud or any other UIF fraud-related matter to report this to us without any delay,” said Acting Commissioner of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), Marsha Bronkhorst.
“Whistleblowers are encouraged to provide as much details as possible, such as the UIF reference number of the company, address, ID numbers concerned and contact details when reporting,” added Bronkhorst. She added that each case will be treated on its own merits and the turnaround time to finalise the allegation would vary depending on the complexity of the matter.
The public can use the following platforms to report Covid-19 Ters related fraud: Toll-free number 0800-212-799 or SMS call-back on 30916, email email@example.com or fax to email to 0867-261-681.