The Durban based Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team arrested 33-year-old Nana Precious Mbuto on Tuesday, 23 February 2021 for Temporary Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) fraud.

Mbuto stands accused of falsely applying for TERS funds from the Department of Labour amounting to just over R2.6 million since April 2020. She reportedly used particulars of two entities; Sandy & Sissy Trading and Narrow Road Trading Projects.

It is further alleged that she submitted a fabricated list of employees and colluded with a yet to be arrested official of the department in order to unduly benefit from the TERS’ Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).

Mbuto has made a brief appearance in the Durban Commercial Crime Court today. She was not granted bail and the case was postponed to 04 March 2021 for formal bail application.