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KZN company director linked to R1 million Covid-19 TERS fraud

A 37-year-old director made her first appearance in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court charged with defrauding the Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme.

Phathiswa Bodlani was arrested by Hawks members from Durban Serious Corruption Investigation.

“It is alleged that between April 2020 and August 2020 her company registered 49 employees at the Department of Labour for Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).

“She allegedly claimed R1 009 338 for the Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) payment,” said spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo.

“The department later discovered that some of the registered employees were not working for her company and a case of fraud was reported at Durban Central SAPS and the case docket was allocated to Hawks members for further probe.

Bodlani was released on R5 000 bail and will appear in court on May 20.


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