Speaking to Giyani View on Tuesday, 13 October 2020, one of the Public Works Programme (EPWP) former employees said that his Covid-19 R350 relief grant was rejected after the 47- year-old Hlamalani Dorris Mashimbye of Jilongo village outside Malamulele township claimed Unemployment Insurance Funds (UIF) on behalf of the 240 employees from April to August 2020.
She put a claim during the lockdown period, which was part of relief measures to cushion citizens from the devastation of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Mashimbye is a Director of Mtititi Drop-In Centre. The accused was awarded the contract under EPW in 2019. Mashimbye employed 240 people to clean cementries, clear bushes in schools and roads in the community of Mtititi, Lombard and Merwe.
It is alleged that the accused terminated the employment contract the employees in March 2020.
Giyani View’ source is amongst the people who contacted the Department of Labour. It’s understood that the Department received complaints from former employees of Mtititi Drop-in Centre alleging that they did not receive their UIF payments, despite the money having been paid to the former employer’s bank account. The aforesaid employees did not benefit from the UIF.
“When I applied for a Covid-19 relief grant I was told that I’m receiving UIF, and I don’t qualify for relief grant. It’s sad that Dorris used our money to benefit herself. She built herself a beautiful house and renew their marriage vows using our money. My children are suffering because of her. I wish for justice to be served,” he fumed.
After her arrest on Friday, 09 October 2020, Mashimbye appeared in Malamulele Magistrate Court to face charges of fraud, theft, and money laundering worth R3,166 498 million on Monday.
The matter was postponed to 19 October 2020 for a formal bail application. The accused was remanded in custody.