If it was not for weaknesses in the government’s systems, Covid-19 relief funds would have reached more people, newly appointed auditor-general Tsakani Maluleke said, while noting there had been some improvement in the controls. 

Maluleke was releasing her office’s second audit report on Covid-19 relief funds on Wednesday, three months after the first report found incidents of fraud and double-dipping, overpayments, underpayments, and the invalid rejection of beneficiaries, especially in the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) — a wage protection grant for workers affected by the lockdown — and in the SA Social Security Agency’s (Sassa) R350 temporary relief grant for the unemployed...

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