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RAF to pay man for lifetime loss of income

A Western Cape High Court judge has ordered the Road Accident Fund (RAF) to compensate Sibulele Marawanqana, now aged 35, for loss of a lifetime income after a 2017 car accident confined him to a wheelchair and rendered him mentally impaired ‘with inevitable future deterioration of symptoms and function’.

Claimants testing new RAF directive

A group of frustrated claimants are taking on Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula and the Road Accident Fund (RAF) over a new directive changing the rules under which victims file accident claims.

Department wins cerebral palsy case appeal

The Eastern Cape Department of Health has won an appeal against a mother who had previously successfully sued it for her baby developing cerebral palsy, allegedly during the birth process.

RAF has turned corner, claims buoyant Minister

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has welcomed the transformation journey that has seen the Road Accident Fund (RAF) registering a R3.2bn surplus for the year ended 31 March.

Anaconda rider claims R3.6m from Gold Reef City

The thrilling Anaconda at Gold Reef City is described as a ‘must ride’, a truly unforgettable experience with a nine out of 10 fear factor.

Doctor sentenced for R2.25m RAF fraud

A Gqeberha doctor who orchestrated Road Accident Fund (RAF) claims for undeserving claimants has been sentenced to perform community service at a government hospital.

Mother suing for womb removal without knowledge

An Eastern Cape mother is suing the provincial Health Department for R3m after a doctor removed her womb, allegedly without her knowledge, when she developed an infection after her Caesarean section, says a DispatchLIVE report. 

Politicians who use police to do dirty work

Police Minister Bheki Cele, Deputy Finance Minister David Masondo and the head of the Hawks, Godfrey Lebeya, will have to answer questions in the High Court about how they allegedly influenced the ‘unlawful arrest’ of Masondo’s former lover, reports the Mail & Guardian.

R4m damages claim for accidental shooting dismissed

Almost six years after he accidentally shot his brother-in-law during a heated argument, Nelson Mandela Bay businessman Shawn Blunden (57) has been vindicated after a R4m civil suit brought against him by his brother-in-law, Deon Williams (57), was dismissed.

RAF, lawyers at odds over claims stipulation

The Road Accident Fund (RAF) will no longer accept claims without a list of required documents such as accident reports, according to legal writer Zelda Venter in a Pretoria News report.

Deal with Mpofu for tarnishing the profession

‘The rule of law is quickly eroding in SA. A former President refuses to abide by court orders, a Judge President is found to have committed gross misconduct in his efforts to influence two Constitutional Court justices, and politicians – thwarted by the courts in their unabashed corruption – attack the judiciary mercilessly.’

Unlawful detention payout for entire period

The Constitutional Court has awarded two men – unlawfully arrested for murder and held in custody from May 2005 until February 2006 when a murder charge against them was withdrawn – compensation for the whole period they were in custody.

Landlord Liable for a Tragic “Freak” Flood Drowning

A recent High Court decision of D Black & 3 Others v T G Erasmus, NWD Case no. 718/11 dealing with the tragic drowning of a toddler highlights once again the legal dangers faced by property owners who let out accommodation to the public.

RAF seeks to block claims until duplicate payments repaid

The Road Accident Fund (RAF) will ask the court for permission to stay hundreds of millions of rands in claims due to several law firms until they have repaid duplicate funds paid to them in error.

Noseweek editor to pay damages for defamatory reports

Noseweek editor Martin Welz and his publishing company, Chaucer Publications, have been ordered to pay R330 000 in damages to attorney Leonard Katz for the publication of articles and a front cover alleging he was the 'man who stole justice'.

Rape victim challenges Prescription Act

A woman who was allegedly gang-raped by six men in 1981 is out to get justice in the form of payment, but the Prescription Act stands in her way, says a report in The Star.

RAF wants R340m back from law firms

The Road Accident Fund (RAF) is attempting to claw back some of the funds lost as a result of years of maladministration and corruption. 

Will lifeline save RAF from collapse?

The maladministration, corruption and sheer recalcitrance on the part of the Road Accident Fund (RAF) to compensate the very victims it was established to assist is a bitter pill to swallow.

Judge rebukes RAF, attorneys over child settlements

Judge Denise Fisher in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) has criticised the Road Accident Fund and some attorneys for acting unlawfully when concluding settlement in matters involving children, with no proper scrutiny of their circumstances or of who actually looks after them, and who will protect their financial interests, reports GroundUp.

AgriSA sued for R226m for republishing article

A Hoedspruit man and AgriSA are facing defamation claims in excess of R226m for allegedly republishing a newspaper article on social media, according to Rapport.

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