A farmer from Graafwater in the Western Cape is being investigated for alleged fraud involving the COVID-19 relief fund. His workers claim he applied for the fund on their behalf despite the fact that they were continuing to earn an income during lockdown. eNCA’s Monique Mortlock has the story. Courtesy #DStv403
CAPE TOWN - A farmer from Graafwater in the Western Cape is under investigation for alleged fraud involving the COVID-19 relief fund.
The Labour Department says from April to September the farmer was receiving about R150,000 every month from the relief scheme for his employees.
His workers were still working and earning wages during the lockdown.
The farmer would allegedly deposit money into workers’ bank accounts, then take them to an ATM to withdraw the money again.
An NGO has stepped in to help the workers open a case of fraud.
The farmer was unavailable for comment.
He has to provide the Labour Department with proof that he paid the funds back to the department in the time the payments were made to workers.
* eNCA’s Monique Mortlock has the story. Watch the video above.