It has been reported far and wide that it is in the public’s best interest to approach the Road Accident Fund (RAF) and lodge their cases directly with them. Not only will they settle your case fairly; they will also save you the legal fees of involving an Attorney. However, a Bellville-based personal injury law firm, Simpsons Attorneys, claims that the RAF and/or their employees are clearly not resourced, experienced or willing to care enough to handle the number of claims they receive with the necessary diligence and skill required. Further the obvious conflict of interest in dealing with these matters should no longer be ignored.
A plethora of complaints brought against the Departments of Health in various provinces have been treated in general with disdain and disrespect by the very people responsible for the management of the population’s health care. These persons’ attempts to avoid responsibility by accusing the complainants’ attorneys of manufacturing the claims is both disingenuous and disgraceful.
Some political leaders have even gone as far to express the view that those who use public health services facilities should be denied their right to justice. MEC Belinda Francis Scott has been quoted as saying that attorneys are: “not only criminal, but parasitical. They are vultures”.
Simpsons Attorneys recently celebrated 23 years since its inception and offers an insightful history, lined with successes on many fronts. A humble first case involved assisting a farm worker from Hartswater who was left paralysed by an injury on duty. This involved traveling to Hartswater to investigate the case, one of many journeys Simpsons undertook across South Africa to assist their clients. They have since become a well-recognised, leading legal practice, specialising in the Law of Delict.
With around 2 200 trains operating on the South African rails daily, PRASA/Metrorail has a tremendous responsibility. The agencies are responsible for the safe commuting of over 2,3 million passengers daily.
With the trains being public transport, the agencies can be held accountable for injuries and damages that passengers sustain while using the rail commuting system. They are public service providers, and must therefore ensure proper maintenance of the trains and stations, as well as the infrastructure, including booms, signalling devices and the rail lines.
We have received the following update regarding the Road Accident Benefit Scheme Bill from APRAV:
Since early 2017 it became clear that the RAF leadership and the Department of Transport is attempting all in their power to ‘promote’ the RABS Bill as quickly as they can. The problem is that they are trying to achieve this without following the legally required processes of Parliament, Treasury, NEDLAC, or proper and meaningful consultations with the Portfolio Committee on Transport and the industry. They are also not being honest with the public.