Employment and Labour on Teboho Maruping resuming his duties as Unemployment Insurance Fund Commissioner
The Director-General expressed relief at the reinstatement of UIF's Maruping
While an acting commissioner has been appointed to lead the Unemployment Insurance Fund, resolving the matter will provide certainty to the fund and its stakeholders
The Department of Employment and Labour Director-General, Thobile Lamati, is pleased to announce that Mr Teboho Maruping, who has been on suspension for over a year, will be resuming his duties as UIF Commissioner on 1 February 2022 following the conclusion of disciplinary processes.
The Director-General expressed relief at the reinstatement of UIF's Maruping. "While an acting commissioner has been appointed to lead the Unemployment Insurance Fund, resolving the matter will provide certainty to the fund and its stakeholders"; Lamati stated.
In 2020, Mr Maruping was suspended after a report by the Auditor-General (AG) found irregularities with the payment of Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (COVID-19 TERS). After lengthy investigations by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU), Mr Maruping was found not to have benefitted from COVID-19 TERS either through corrupt or fraudulent means.
However, a disciplinary hearing found Maruping guilty in relation to the irregular appointment of media houses to market COVID-19 TERS and consequence management has been meted out to him in this regard.
Lamati said; when the AG and SIU conducted their investigations into the COVID-19 TERS Relief Scheme and produced reports, the Department implemented their recommendations to the latter.
“The return of Mr Maruping will also bring much-needed leadership stability to the UIF and inspire confidence to staff and stakeholders. I would like to thank Advocate Mzie Yawa, Ms Marsha Bronkhorst and Mr Teboho Thejane for acting as UIF Commissioners and for steering the ship in the midst of implementing COVID – 19 TERS and Workers Affected by unrest relief scheme”, concluded Lamati.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Department of Employment and Labour: Republic of South Africa.