Gran will now be paid her dues

Mpho Lekgonyane will now sleep easy. Tiger Brands will deposit her dues into her account.

Mpho Lekgonyane will now sleep easy. Tiger Brands will deposit her dues into her account.

Lekgonyane, whose son Odirile passed away two years ago, has complained that Tiger Brands' HR department had not paid her portion of her sons death claim for the past two years.

Her son never married, but had one child who is now 15 years old, said Lekgonyane.

"I know and also understand that the child will get the death payout at the age of 21, but they should release my share before I die," said the 72-year-old granny.

She claims that an official at Tiger Brands' HR department advised her to open a bank account separate from the one she has. She did so.

She said she had forwarded her bank statement and a certified copy of her ID to them several times but no payment had been deposited into her account.

Marcel Peterson of Tiger Brands said all the required information was referred to NBC, who administer their fund.

They learnt that Lekgonyane had supplied them with incorrect details of her bank account.

NBC had deposited her money into the account number she had supplied, but it was returned to them. A trust fund account was set up in Lekgonyane's name after the failed attempt to deposit money into her account.

"Please ask her to resubmit her bank statement and a certificate," Peterson said.

l A Gauteng woman had a narrow escape last week when Consumer Line stopped her landlord from unfairly instituting a legal action against her.

Ruth Mudau's nightmare is now over. Compeg, the landlord, has now traced and credited her account accordingly.

Mudau had bought a flat and paid her levies without fail.

She paid at least R1000 towards her levy instead of the required R330. The only month she omitted to make a payment was in October last year.

That month, Mudau had mistakenly transferred R16000 into one of her accounts instead of R1600, causing her to skip the October payment.

It was already November when her bank sorted out the mistake.

Mudau resumed her monthly repayments in November, but Compeg, had already issued a summons against her, demanding R2345 even though her account had been overpaid, she claimed.

"Compeg also charges me R95 an "arrear letter" fee, but I have not been in arrears except that they owe me," said Mudau.

She was surprised when she received the summons from Goldstein Attorneys demanding R2345 from her. They did not send a letter of demand or try to make arrangements with her to pay the debt they said she owed Compeg.

Levies are billed for the purpose of maintenance, up-keep of the common property as well as for security and administration.

Arthur Botha of Compeg Services said Mudau did not use their correct reference number, which made it easy for them to deal with payments.