Former Venda employees to receive their pension funds

12 May 2016 - 16:46 By Frank Maponya

Former employees of the former Venda homeland in Limpopo who were deprived of their pension funds from the former bantustan are set to receive their monies if a directive by the Public Protector is anything to go by.Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has ordered that payment be made to ex-government employees whose pension monies were swallowed by the amalgamation of the former Venda Pension Fund and the First Privatisation Scheme before the Government Employees Pension Fund came into effect.Some of the complainants‚ who had approached Madonsela's office for intervention‚ had worked for government in the former homeland for more than 20 years‚ only to forfeit their pension monies upon retirement.The new scheme came into effect in 1993 while payouts by the former Venda government were made in 1992. Some of the pensioners could not be paid and had claimed the payouts were made “selectively”.A report released by Madonsela indicated that there was maladministration in the manner in which the fund was handled and ordered a review of the payment method. It further stated that some of the beneficiaries were prejudiced as a result of the “wrongful” actions of organs of state.“Government's attention is finally drawn to the fact that the complainants have suffered immensely due to maladministration by the state and the long wait for remedial action. Many complainants are penniless‚ relying on the government's old age grant‚ while a number of them have already passed on during the long wait for equitable access to social security‚” read Madonsela's report in part.TMG Digital/Sowetan..

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