Olebogeng Motse
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18 Sep 2019
6:20 am

Kopanong pensions: why no criminal action, court asks

Olebogeng Motse

The cash-strapped municipality is accused of defrauding its workers in third-party contributions of close to R80 million.

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The Free State High Court in Bloemfontein has questioned why criminal action has yet to be instituted against the Kopanong municipality for its failure to pay over third-party contributions of millions of rands, deducted from employees’ salaries. Judge Johannes Daffue posed the question during a judicial review on Monday, launched by the Municipal Workers’ Retirement Fund, formerly known as the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) National Provident Fund, regarding a November 2018 court order that blocked an auction of Kopanong’s assets at the eleventh hour. Daffue stressed that Kopanong “is liable criminally for not paying over pension fund contributions”...