But Lukhaimane is frustrated because the FSB is not taking up cases against employers and, in many cases, the trustees haven't identified who at the employer is responsible for the payment of contributions, making it impossible for her to issue a ruling against those individuals.
Good trustees are also frustrated. At the conference, one said he knew of a case that went to the adjudicator and was reported to the South African Police Service. The employer complied and paid the outstanding contributions but a few months later defaulted on payments again.
The SAPS told the fund trustees they would only get a court date in three years' time and the company threatened the trustees that if they continued to pursue payment in this way, the company would be closed down.
Lukhaimane said many companies liquidate themselves and then start up again, leaving the contributions unpaid and you, the member, seriously disadvantaged.
In some cases, employers acknowledge their debts but then continue to fail to pay them, she said.
Drake said the FSB is working with the SAPS and has plans to publish a guide for funds on how to report these criminal cases.