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RAF gets 180 days

The recent judgment in the case of the Road Accident Fund v The Legal Practice Council has given the Road Accident Fund some relief.  It allows the Road Accident Fund until September 2021 in any event to pay matters in order and without some attorneys jumping the queue and issuing writs.  You can now only issue a writ after 180 days have elapsed, again until September 2021, and the Road Accident Fund is undertaking to pay the majority of matters on 180 days going forward.  Our firm supported the RAF in this effort to stop some attorneys jumping the queue and we are favourably mentioned in the judgment by the Judges as having supported the RAF in this regard to prevent the implosion of the RAF. 

How long this new situation will last is another question.  Logically, if they did not have enough money to pay everything in the first place, just running out the time to 180 days is not really going to improve the situation much and one would expect that that 180 day timeframe eventually gets longer and longer and people will have to wait maybe 9 to 10 months for payment.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Wednesday 12-May-21 Share on Facebook   Tweet It

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Melissa van Tellingen   said:
on Friday 04-Jun-21 04:59 PM
Lets see if the RAF can stick to it. Don't think they will. If there is no money, there is no money. So many people are waiting for their compensation for well over 180 days.

Brenda Strydom  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 11:41 AM
Let's hope that the Road Accident Fund will keep on they word. We receive so many calls from client's regarding they payment because the RAF is changing they system every time we cannot keep up anymore. All we can do is hope.

Michelle D  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 11:08 AM
Hopefully the RAF will actually stick to it. So many people have been desperately waiting for much needed compensation.

Ashleigh De Villiers  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 10:42 AM
I'm worried about any government related systems. Unfortunately I do not have too much faith in the systems that they do try implement. We will never know anyway if they following it themselves. All we can do is hope that they will stand by what they say. HOPE is the only word anyone can use right now.

Sune  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 10:36 AM
Let's hope that the Road Accident Fund sticks with this timeframe and not come up with more excuses to not make payments to people who are in real need of that money.

sandra  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 10:35 AM
The RAF is struggling financially. Truth be told... they have been insolvent for a very long time now. Furthermore, I am in doubt whether they will comply with the timeline of 180 days. I have my mixed doubts

Dasanya  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 09:58 AM
Giving the RAF 180 days to make payment will not improve matters especially since it is no secret that the RAF is struggling financially. I think this is a delay tactic.

Daniella  said:
on Wednesday 02-Jun-21 11:30 AM
I'm not too confident on the Fund complying to the 180 days. They are being quite obtuse and they are probably waiting to make yet another excuse. However I do hope that they can prove me wrong on this.

Sinead  said:
on Tuesday 01-Jun-21 09:14 AM
Honestly, I pray this situation changes and can finally be put to bed.
There are injured individuals who have already waited years for their claims to be settled and now they have to wait longer than claims before for payment.
Hopefully, things get better beyond these proposed dates as well.

Luchell  said:
on Tuesday 01-Jun-21 08:46 AM
The RAF need more money, 180 days for payment will not give them the relief that they need, and soon they will say they need more time...

Brumilde  said:
on Tuesday 01-Jun-21 08:12 AM
I really think the man in charge here has a long term plan to do what he did in his previous employment. Let hope they pull their socks up. Train you staff to be more attentive and stop blaming attorneys for your short comings

Zindy   said:
on Tuesday 01-Jun-21 07:55 AM
Lets hope this works and is not just another delay tactic to buy some time until they find a new excuse not to pay. Clients are suffering and are relying on them to pull through and start paying.

Lauren  said:
on Friday 28-May-21 08:29 AM
I do not see how giving RAF more time to make payment changes the fact that they actually need money. It's really just delaying the plaintiff's relief.

Claudia B  said:
on Wednesday 26-May-21 04:22 PM
Let's wait and see what happens after September 2021. I hope that they will do as they say, to many clients are waiting very long for payment.

Nicolle  said:
on Wednesday 26-May-21 09:16 AM
Hopefully the Road Accident Fund abides by this requested order. There are countless individuals who were horrifically injured, whose lives have changed permanently, who need their money in order to survive.

Kayla  said:
on Wednesday 26-May-21 08:46 AM
This is a matter of waiting and seeing what will happen. Whether or not they will stick to this and it will work. There is so many clients that have been waiting way longer than this for their payout, and there is so many clients who need that money to help them. Holding thumbs.

Shristi   said:
on Tuesday 25-May-21 05:31 PM
Well lets hope that they do what they say! I know experience speaks otherwise but lets hope that they can make payments..

Melissa  said:
on Tuesday 25-May-21 02:10 PM
Lets wait and see if this is going to happen. All we can do is hope and pray for the best

Helen  said:
on Tuesday 25-May-21 07:50 AM
Let's hope RAF will stick to what this judgment is about and do not come up with more excuses.
At the end of the day it is all about our clients, clients are in need of the compensation and they can not wait any longer.....

Alexis  said:
on Monday 24-May-21 04:52 PM
What has been told and what is done when it comes to the RAF unfortunately. I just hope that they get their ducks ina tow and understand that this is not the way in which to do business and assist those that are in dire need of what the RAF is suppose to stand for

Roxanne  said:
on Tuesday 18-May-21 01:24 PM
I really hope this works out and that our clients get paid soon as they are the ones suffering.

Henrietta  said:
on Monday 17-May-21 09:18 AM
Hard to tell and my favorite saying, "seeing is believing". Millions and millions of rand, our hard working rand goes to the government yet they "don't" have any money to pay out accident victims. Again what do they do to the money only they'll know but what difference is 180 days going to do when right now they don't have the funds, magically save 180 days to pay out victims? Yeah I don't think so they'll probably come up with more excuses and extensions. But we can only hope for the best.

Brenda Strydom  said:
on Monday 17-May-21 08:01 AM
I really hope its works out. We just have to be patient and hope for the best

fikile  said:
on Friday 14-May-21 10:42 AM
If only people could understand that patience is a virtue and have hope that everything will end well. It's go to see that the court understands and sees how professional De broglio is

Angelique Jurgens  said:
on Friday 14-May-21 09:28 AM
People need to be patient. I remember when trying to work with the claims handler on a trial and she said sorry I cannot help you they have attached my computer. it just causes one big delay and is really just unfair because if everyone issues writs left and centre no one will get paid. We just have to be patient and more supportive like de Broglio.

Franzelle Ekron  said:
on Friday 14-May-21 08:45 AM
I really hope it works out, they can't carry on like this. They need to do their jobs an stop being corrupt!

Bianca Taljaard  said:
on Friday 14-May-21 08:18 AM
I really hope it works out, they can't carry on like this. They can not use the excuse that there is no money, money is coming in all day every day. They need to do their jobs an stop being corrupt!

Ziyanda  said:
on Thursday 13-May-21 03:45 PM
This is just giving false hope to the clients because they will be expecting to be paid within the 180 days. I just hope that they will start being compliant.

Michelle B  said:
on Thursday 13-May-21 03:09 PM
I am sure that the RAF is happy about this. Let's just hope that they can stick to the timeframe this time.

Jessica  said:
on Wednesday 12-May-21 09:46 AM
Well I for one hope it does work out and that it helps with the payment problem. I don't see how it's going to change the situation to be honest, claims still settle everyday.

Nicolene Rich  said:
on Wednesday 12-May-21 09:21 AM
It gives people false hope as the 180 day timeframe gets longer and longer and there's nothing we can do about it. We should just remain positive and hope for the best.

Megan  said:
on Wednesday 12-May-21 09:04 AM
I agree with Nikita and Patrick, people will turn to their attorneys when the money isn't paid because the RAF are non-complaint. We can only stay positive for our clients and hope that the RAF sees their errors.

Clare  said:
on Wednesday 12-May-21 08:48 AM
It all boils down to that the RAF don't know what it is doing. I also concur with David," at least lockdown is over, people are driving, and the RAF are getting money again."
I just wish they can start paying and giving our clients what is due to them we are all battling as is and some are even unemployed and waiting is such pain for their money to help them continue with a better tomorrow.

Patrick Sedutla  said:
on Wednesday 12-May-21 08:48 AM
I don't think Raf saw this coming. I think they thought the courts will be more lenient with them. We know them to be non compliant lets hope this time they will do things better.

Chante  said:
on Wednesday 12-May-21 08:48 AM
It is great to know that we were acknowledged in the Judgement for being more supportive of the RAF. Yet, awaiting payment for long periods of time is unfortunately nothing new.

Bianca Niemann   said:
on Wednesday 12-May-21 08:47 AM
Hopefully this will help a little - but I am not getting my hopes up to be honest.

Nikita  said:
on Wednesday 12-May-21 08:42 AM
Although the Judgment sounds positive I also think it gives people false hope. Most people will read that they are entitled to their money within 180 days and then turn to their attorneys when this doesn't happen. Unfortunately, as with any government entity, this is a waiting game and we all need to work together and remain positive that at some stage things will start running smoothly.

david  said:
on Wednesday 12-May-21 07:49 AM
at least lockdown is over, people are driving, and the RAF are getting money again.


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