Over R152m paid to crash survivors

Over R152m paid to crash survivors

2014-10-12 14:37

Johannesburg - The Road Accident Fund (RAF) has paid out over R152m to crash survivors in four provinces, it said on Sunday.

"October Transport Month activities surpassed expectations yesterday when the RAF rolled out its suite of services during its outreach campaign in four provinces, concurrently settling over R152m’s worth of claims.

"Over 5 800 claimants had heeded the call to come directly to the fund," it said in a statement.

This saved on contingency fees because people were able to register new claims, make enquiries, and settle their claims.

RAF said people who were ripped off by "unscrupulous attorneys" also reported them.

The activities were held at Lillian Ngoyi Indoor Sports Centre in KwaZakhele, Alexandra’s Johannesburg Central Technical College, Giyani Community Hall in Giyani and Mfuleni’s Zolile Malindi Community Hall.

Speaking in Alexandra, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said the fact that the "RAF on the Road" was hosted in four provinces simultaneously was special.

She said RAF on the Road was seen as one of government's key vehicles in promoting access to government services. In post-apartheid South Africa access to effective public services was not only enjoyed by a privileged few.

She said it was the "legitimate right" of all residents, particularly those who were previously disadvantaged.

"This initiative provides access to road accident victims, who would otherwise not have had the opportunity to interact face-to-face with RAF consultants without travelling long distances to the nearest regional offices," she was quoted as saying.

"The socio-graphics of our country are such that the poorest of the poor are often those who are most affected by road crashes and don’t have the means to access facilities."

She said that the socio-economic impact of road crashes was immeasurable.

RAF CEO Dr Eugene Watson, said despite a deficit, R22bn had been paid to claimants in the 2013/14 financial year.

  • makhosonke.nkosi.5 - 2014-10-12 15:02

    I have claim to road accident using certain attorney ,but I never receive the full amount I tried law society but their service is so poor in such way .any one can pls help me my email address is nkosimakosonke@gmail.com

  • drik.hoskin - 2014-10-12 16:22

    Don't know what to make of the maths here. R52 mil to 5800 claimants give an average of R26200. This really does not go anywhere for medical care etc. A car accident still one of the worst things that can happen to you in RSA if you're injured!

      Bac Teria - 2014-10-13 07:57

      My sentiments exactly. That 26K is an utter disgrace. And when they change from RAF to RABS the compensation received will become drastically less & quality of medical care will be non-existent as you will be forced to use state facilities.

  • Mputumi Sikova - 2014-10-12 16:35

    good not only zuma must benefit in this country.

  • mmmmTim - 2014-10-12 17:28

    They still have about R50 billion in outstanding claims still to be paid. These failures are getting BS%^#^t lessons from SCUMRAL clearly. This organisation is utterly useless to victims. They take YEARS a to pay out, and lawyers are making a fortune from claimants

      Bac Teria - 2014-10-13 08:05

      The only reason lawyers are making a fortune is because the RAF instructs their legal council to delay cases as long as possible. Opinions from legal representatives of both the claimants and the RAF is that on average cases that take 5 years in court could have been settled in under 18 months had the RAF given their legal representatives sensible instructions.

  • Emma Sanderson - 2014-10-13 08:37

    I think this is a complete waste of money. People should have their own insurance. We all take a risk every time we get onto the road. If two vehicles have an accident and the reason is not due to a poor road surface well then I really don't see why tax payers money should pay them out.

  • Katrien Hurn - 2014-10-13 09:36

    Mr. Hoskin "hits the nail on the head" - on average R 26 200.00 paid to victims, this can never be regarded as reasonable compensation for a seriously injured victim or spouse who lost a breadwinner? The RAF is acting outside of it's mandate and is short selling victims in order to balance their books.

  • Lunetic Mental - 2014-10-13 10:36

    "despite a deficit R22bn had been paid to claiments" So the RAF is spending money they dont have?? Can only happen in the RSA

  • Kevin Marsh - 2014-10-13 14:24

    Time these rip off attorneys were removed from the RAF loop .

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