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PIC: FF Plus to table a private member’s bill to protect members of all pension funds

At the moment, there is no adjudicator or body of appeal that members of the public service pension fund or any other public service fund can approach with problems regarding their funds. Thus, the FF Plus decided to table a private member’s bill for the protection of these members.

The primary objective of the bill is to shed light on the funds by means of an adjudicator and to establish a body that people can approach for help or request an investigation into irregularities free of charge.

The adjudicator must have the same kind of powers as the Public Protector in order to launch investigations and call people to testify as well as to make binding rulings regarding the misuse of or irregularities with funds.

Every one of the existing funds are currently managed according to special legislation with its own unique rules. The FF Plus wants to do away with the uncertainty that this creates.

This can only be done by means of a completely new bill. That is why the FF Plus decided to withdraw its proposals for changes in this regard to the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) Amendment Bill because it is not comprehensive enough.

It will be replaced with a new private member’s bill that will determine that members of all pension funds, including private funds, must fall under the administration of the adjudicator in accordance with the stipulations in the Pension Funds Act of 1956.

The ongoing public hearings on transgressions at the PIC highlights the need for such an adjudicator. The looting of the Transnet pension fund over the years could have been prevented if an adjudicator – like the FF Plus plans to establish – had been in place.

The FF Plus is confident that the bill will be successful seeing as it will protect everyone in our society against the exploitation of their investments.

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