Provident fund clobbered for demanding pointless paternity test

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Provident fund clobbered for demanding pointless paternity test

The fund’s decision to withhold a woman’s payout is found to be ‘grossly inadequate and misleading’

Senior reporter

Despite being named as nominee of her life partner’s death benefit, a woman had to go as far as the office of the pension funds adjudicator for a payout for her child and herself when the Masakhane Provident Fund demanded a paternity test.

After a ruling by the deputy pension funds adjudicator, the woman, who was pregnant at the time of her life partner’s death, is now closer to receiving the funds.

Deputy adjudicator adv Matome Thulare slated Masakhane Provident Fund for excluding the woman and her child in the distribution of the deceased’s death benefit when there was no real need for a DNA test...

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