The Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF) commissioner and other senior managers overseeing government efforts to provide relief to millions of workers who lost income due to the Covid-19 pandemic were suspended on Wednesday after the auditor-general uncovered alleged fraud and irregularities in the system.

The payment of benefits under the Temporary Employer /Employee Relief Scheme (Ters), funded by the UIF, had already been hit by problems including backlogs and unauthorised payments, which left workers unable to access much-needed assistance after companies cut jobs or imposed pay reductions.

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