HAWKS arrest company director for R3.2 million Covid-19 social relief funds fraud

National News

09 October 2020

Staff Reporter/ PretoriaLIVE

LIMPOPO – HAWKS arrested a 47-year-old director of a company for the alleged fraud of COVID-19 social relief funds. This follows complaints by the Mtititi community outside Malamulele.

HAWKS spokesperson, Captain Matimba Maluleke said, between April and August 2020, the director of Mtititi Drop in Center allegedly claimed R3.2 million COVID-19 social relief funds from the UIF on behalf of her 242 former Malamulele based Extended Public Works Program (EPWP) workers.

Suspect entering HAWKS vehicle. Photo: supplied

Maluleke said, “It was established during the investigation that the workers contract was terminated before the country’s lock down was declared by the State President.”

It is further alleged that the claimed money never reached the pockets of the former workers, said Maluleke.

The accused will appear in the Malamulele Magistrate’s Court on Monday.