Criminals prey on ex-Wenela workers’

by | Jun 29, 2021 | Crime & Courts | 0 comments

Pretty Manyewe

Government has urged ex-Wenela workers to avoid any individuals presenting themselves as facilitators for the payouts they are due to receive.
Workers who used to work in South African mines and contracted diseases like Tuberculosis are due to get payouts up to US$10 000 as compensation.

The call to register, has seen many of the workers seeking information to make themselves eligible for the funds, a scenario which has created opportunity for criminals to pounce.

In a statement, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Services, Labour and Social Welfare said anyone who is engaging ex-Wenela workers outside Government`s view is a criminal.

“These individuals or organizations are demanding payment for the registration of Ex-Wenela mine workers. The Ministry would like to inform the general public that it has not engaged any individuals or agencies for registration or testing of Ex-Wenela mine workers.

For the avoidance of doubt, the registration and testing is being undertaken free of charge by the Government and NSSA. The officials will have positive identification at venues on dates to be announced through the media,” he said.

Meanwhile, the mobile registration and testing of Ex-Wenela mine workers is being undertaken in phases in all provinces and the dates and venues will be officially announced through the various media platforms.

Members of the public were advised to report such bogus and criminal elements to the nearest police stations.