Some of South Africa’s largest companies have already received the UIF's Covid-19 pay-outs meant to help employees who have been placed on leave, temporarily laid off, or whose employer can’t afford to pay their full salaries during the national lockdown.
Yet, several complaints have been filed by workers who claim that their employers have not paid the money owed to them. This prompted Employment and Labour Minister, Thulas Nxesi, to address the matter in a briefing this week.
To date, R9.5-billion in Covid-19 relief has been allocated to 1 937 558 affected workers around the country.
Nxesi insisted that employers pay workers the money and, to ensure swift payments, the UIF provided businesses with the breakdown of the amount owed to each employee.
“We took a decision to even break down the payments, a decision that saw our systems almost overwhelmed with information as we did not want workers’ funds to be delayed even further.”
The minister said that the lockdown has disadvantaged 576 639 workers to date which -in monetary terms – has resulted in an R2.4-billion loss.
He added that a further 17 473 workers have been disadvantaged as a result of failed bank verification and that R80 million will be paid over as soon as the matter is resolved.
The UIF had budgeted for three months of payment but Nxesi warned that “at some stage we may hit a crisis”, meaning that the UIF may be forced to reduce the benefit over time.
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