Pension problems for widow

If spouses are honest about investments and debts, they would spare their loved ones much heartache in the event of their death.

If spouses are honest about investments and debts, they would spare their loved ones much heartache in the event of their death.

It is traumatic for a spouse to find out that a dead partner has fathered children out of wedlock or owes people money.

Nkamoheng Kooreketswe is battling to secure her late husband's pension. The money is being withheld because her husband allegedly took a loan of R153707 from the government before he resigned.

He stopped working in 2006, but his widow thought he was suspended and was contesting his dismissal. And much to her surprise, her husband's pension documents were only processed in August this year.

"If my husband resigned in 2006, why didn't they process his papers then?" asked Kooreketswe.

"What is equally disturbing is that the Government Employees Pension Fund did not disclose this information when she lodged a claim last year," she said.

Lindani Mbunyuza of the National Treasury said Kooreketswe's late husband owed his employer R153707, which was deducted, R24568 was paid to Sars and R5000 was deposited into his bank account.

Asked about the delay in processing documentation, Mbunyuza said the information would be given to the widow.

"I have discussed the issue with the widow and made a commitment to phone and update her on Monday. I do not know whether we can divulge details of what he owed to the state, but will explain it to Mrs Kooreketswe."

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