Hawks have arrested a businesswoman from Mtititi outside Malamulele in Limpopo, who allegedly raised R3.2 million from Covid-19 social assistance funds.

Captain Matimba Maluleke said the woman, the director, allegedly demanded UIF funds on behalf of 242 former employees who are part of an expanded public works program.

“During the investigation, it turned out that the workers’ contract was terminated before the president announced the blockade of the country. “It is later claimed that the required amount never reached the pockets of the former employees,” Maluleke said.

Mtiti community members alerted police about their suspicions three weeks ago.

The 47-year-old woman spends the weekend behind bars and will appear in court in Malamule on Monday.

She is charged with fraud.