How a Tshwane family blew R5.7m UIF cash meant for 1,400 workers

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How a Tshwane family blew R5.7m UIF cash meant for 1,400 workers

Beneficiary of fraud payout tried to cover his tracks by dispersing the booty among family

Senior reporter

New tombstones and cafe renovations: this is how the family of a 25-year-old Pretoria warehouse worker blew through some of the R5.7m in Covid-19 relief funds irregularly paid into his personal bank account by the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).

Tshepang Phohole also gave millions of rand to his father, sister, brother-in-law and girlfriend in what the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) says was a bid to launder the cash.

The UIF inexplicably paid the money — meant for 1,400 workers from labour brokerage CSG Resources — into Phohole’s personal account...

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