Road fund probed over ‘maladministration’

Road Accident Fund CEO Dr Eugene Watson. (Supplied)
Road Accident Fund CEO Dr Eugene Watson. (Supplied)

The Office of the Public Protector has confirmed it would be investigating the Road Accident Fund (RAF) for maladministration.

This follows calls by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) to have the RAF investigated for possibly violating the Protection of Personal Information Act by allegedly failing to protect the confidential information of South African citizens.

The organisation, which is highly indebted, allegedly had its assets seized. This included computers with information of South African citizens who laid claims, acting spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi said.

“Our members have often been unable to do their work because basic equipment such as phones, desks and computers are attached to settle outstanding debts, making it difficult for them to do the work of assisting members of the public with their claims,” said the union’s general secretary, Irvin Jim.

In March, Numsa members participated in a strike to protest against poor wages and “chaotic working conditions”.

However, the RAF told Fin24 that the organisation maintains an “effective remuneration framework”.

CEO Eugene Watson said the RAF had not been unfair in any implementation of salary scales and had treated all employees fairly. – Fin24

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