Insurer backs down in bid to sell funeral cover to welfare kids

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Johannesburg - South Africa’s Lion of Africa Life Assurance Company ended a court bid aimed at protecting its right to make deductions from child welfare payments for funeral cover.

In the Constitutional Court on Thursday, Lion of Africa agreed not to enforce a December interdict, which would have prevented the South African Social Security Agency from imposing a moratorium on taking money from children’s grants to pay for funeral cover.

“This is a great win, particularly for children on welfare who come from poor communities and poverty,” Nomonde Nyembe, an advocate representing civil society group Black Sash Trust, said in an interview after the decision was announced.

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