Family finally gets death payout

2010-10-16 11:30

The family of a deceased Zimbabwean, this week ­received an accident ­benefit ­payout of R5?000 from Scorpion Legal Protection.

Until Paul Isaac’s death in a car crash in ­August, he and his family lived in Germiston, east of ­Johannesburg, but the family has since moved back to Zimbabwe. Isaac had asylum-seeker status and had been employed by his brother in South Africa.

Speaking to Hotline prior to the payout, Scorpion managing director Robin Smith said: ­“After receiving all the necessary documentation, we are ­satisfied that it is valid and will be paying.”

Last month Rector Ngobeni, a neighbour of the Isaacs, called Hotline for help after the family hit a brick wall trying to ­access what was rightfully theirs.

When Isaac’s wife Nombali Chikazaza submitted all the necessary claim documents, Scorpion allegedly refused to settle.

Ngobeni explained: “Scorpion said they didn’t recognise an abridged death certificate and asked her to submit a certificate that was issued by the Zimbabwean government.

“But the family could not obtain either document because the homeaffairs office in Germiston said it did not issue unabridged death certificates for foreigners while the Zimbabwean authorities said they could not issue a certificate as Isaac did not die in that country.”

He added: “They allowed him to join Scorpion knowing he was a Zimbabwean. But again that didn’t stop them from ­taking monthly premiums.”

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