Good news for Venda pen­sion ben­e­fi­cia­ries

The Sunday Independent - - NEWS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

FI­NANCE Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba has un­der­taken to pay pen­sion­ers from the former Venda Pen­sion Fund their monies owed by the erst­while govern­ment of Venda.

This fol­lowed an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Bu­sisiwe Mkhwe­bane.

Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor spokesper­son Cleo Mosana said fol­low­ing their meet­ing with Gi­gaba, his deputy Si­fiso Buthelezi and Na­tional Trea­sury di­rec­tor-gen­eral Dondo Mo­ga­jane they had agreed that the ben­e­fi­cia­ries would be paid in Novem­ber.

Mkhwe­bane has promised she will mon­i­tor the im­ple­men­ta­tion plan of the fi­nance min­is­ter.

Gi­gaba’s spokesper­son, May­ibuye Tsh­wete, could not be reached for com­ment yes­ter­day.

Mosana said the com­plainants were present when they met with Gi­gaba and his team, and ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment in the man­ner they were treated over their monies.

Former pub­lic pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela launched the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter in 2011 and re­leased a re­port in which she or­dered the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance and the Trea­sury to set­tle the mat­ter.

How­ever, this was not done and Mkhwe­bane in Jan­uary asked for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the re­me­dial ac­tion.

Some of the pen­sion­ers were now des­ti­tute and oth­ers re­lied on old-age grants to sur­vive.

The former work­ers lost their money dur­ing the merger of var­i­ous re­tire­ment schemes of the former home­land gov­ern­ments with South Africa.

It was re­ported a few months ago that the Trea­sury was con­cerned that the pay­ment of the monies would open the flood­gates to other claims.

How­ever, Mkhwe­bane has in­sisted that the govern­ment must pay the former em­ploy­ees of the ex-Venda home­land govern­ment. The Trea­sury now has four months to set­tle the mat­ter.

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