A report in The Citizen’s Business News online on October 28, contained ambiguous information that totally incorrectly implied that KBAC Flooring’s Sandton branch “was involved” in the fraudulent payment of UIF TERS payments during the lockdown, and that an arrest had been made at the company’s Sandton offices.
The relevant report was: business news – 28.10.2020 03:46 pm
UIF TERS money paid out to government officials, soldiers, prisoners and deceased
So far 11 suspects were arrested for UIF fraud to the value of R14 481 774.20. Only R4 705 205.78 was recovered. The companies involved are Mega Bus and Coach (one arrest), CSG Resourcing (Pty) Ltd (five arrests) and National Adhesive Distributors CC (three arrests) from Pretoria, Mtiti Drop-In Centre in Polokwane (one arrest) and KBAC Flooring (Pty) Ltd in Sandton (one arrest).
KBAC Flooring felt, justifiably, that the ambiguous reference to its “involvement” did not correctly state the facts and has raised strong objections with The Citizen. The true facts are:
- KBAC Flooring’s corporate details were illegally used by one of its sub-contractors to commit the fraud.
- KBAC Flooring, in fact, laid the charge against this individual who was subsequently arrested.
The Citizen has undertaken to correct the ambiguous and misleading reference to its involvement in this case of fraud.