Do lawyers care about RAF court chaos or is it about their back pockets?
Private lawyers are all set to appeal the insolvent RAF’s decision to bring litigation in-house
The decision by the Road Accident Fund (RAF) to scrap the use of private attorneys to represent it in court will be before the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) this year.
Firms that have been representing the entity say the move is unlawful and has thrown courts into chaos.
The RAF serves as a safety net for the loved ones of thousands of South Africans who die in car accidents each year or those who are injured. But it has been lurching from crisis to crisis for years and is insolvent. It has been identified as SA’s biggest contingent liability after Eskom. Corruption is one of the causes of the ongoing crisis. With a guaranteed R40bn every year coming from a fuel levy, it has — despite the efforts of various role players — been a cash cow for unscrupulous lawyers, doctors, actuaries, touts and RAF employees. ..