DA accuses ANC of giving drunk drivers the go-ahead to claim from Rabs

The Road Accident Fund is set to be replaced by the Road Accident Benefit Scheme (Rabs).

The Bill for this scheme was tabled by the ANC recently, but the Democratic Alliance is not happy with one glaring omission which makes it seem like the Bill gives permission for drunk driving.

Shadow Minister for Transport at Democratic Alliance, Manny De Freitas says the Bill states that "you will not be required to prove whether it is your fault or not, whoever the party is, in an accident, you could both claim".

Read: Govt's planned Road Accident Benefit Scheme won't pay victims fairly - lawyer

This is one of the crazy things that if this Bill goes through, will take place. You could drink and drive and be awarded for it.

Manny De Freitas, Shadow Minister for Transport at Democratic Alliance

De Freitas says the Bill also states that if a child is involved in a car accident and it is proven that the child could be affected by the injury for the rest of their lives, once the child turns 18 the fund ceases. It also says that if you are a certain age, when you get to 60 the benefit ceases.

Even if you require assistance for the rest of your life as a result of a car accident, your benefits cease.

Manny De Freitas, Shadow Minister for Transport at Democratic Alliance

We understand their main intention is to completely cut out lawyers because we've got these unscrupulous lawyers.

Manny De Freitas, Shadow Minister for Transport at Democratic Alliance

De Freitas says they have asked the chairman of the committee to amend the Bill to say that you will not be required to prove whether it is your fault in "certain circumstances" but the chairman of the committee said no.

He says the ANC wants this Bill to be passed at all costs.

To hear the rest of conversation with DA's Manny De Freitas, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : DA accuses ANC of giving drunk drivers the go-ahead to claim from Rabs


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
WC gov and Sanral urged to fix N2 fencing after man dies helping cattle across

WC gov and Sanral urged to fix N2 fencing after man dies helping cattle across

Animal Welfare Society Helderberg inspector Pieter Prinsloo died after he was hit by a car while helping cattle across the N2.

Road Accident Fund terminates medical expert contracts

Road Accident Fund terminates medical expert contracts

Neurosurgeon Dr Percy Miller says the Road Accident Fund ended experts' contracts who verify medical claims.

[LISTEN] 'Road Accident Scheme Bill will make claims easier'

[LISTEN] 'Road Accident Scheme Bill will make claims easier'

Traffic Criminologist Dr. Lawrence Barrit explains the advantages of the Road Accident Scheme bill.

What will the DA and Outa fuel levy protest actually achieve?

What will the DA and Outa fuel levy protest actually achieve?

Economic analyst Prof. Bonke Dumisa says the planned protest against petrol hikes is unlikely to have an impact on fuel costs.

Outa calls on government to slash petrol price, reduce fuel levy by R1

Outa calls on government to slash petrol price, reduce fuel levy by R1

Outa, the DA, taxi group and other civil organsations plan to march against the increasing fuel prices.

[LISTEN] Nzimande says RAF board must resign - Portfolio Committee on Transport

[LISTEN] Nzimande says RAF board must resign - Portfolio Committee on Transport

The Transport Minister briefed the committee on Tuesday, on the various entities in his department including the Road Accident Fund.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] 'Zuma's  affidavit in aid of Tom Moyane is a fascinating move'

[LISTEN] 'Zuma's affidavit in aid of Tom Moyane is a fascinating move'

Journalist at Daily Maverick’s Investigative Team Scorpio Pauli Van Wyk shares her take on this development.

Momentum to pay all violent crime claims, regardless of previous medical history

Momentum to pay all violent crime claims, regardless of previous medical history

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Johann le Roux, CEO at Momentum Life.

Plans to deny foreign children birth certificates violates Constitution - group

Plans to deny foreign children birth certificates violates Constitution - group

Lawyers for Human Rights says government's bid to discontinue birth certificates for foreign children born in SA is unlawful.

Bara doctor takes medical aid to court for denying him 'pricey' cancer treatment

Bara doctor takes medical aid to court for denying him 'pricey' cancer treatment

Dr Sipho Bvuma says Gems has refused to pay for his expensive brain cancer treatment, which he believes will prolong his life.

[WATCH] An  excruciating moment as  woman jumps into frozen lake...ouch!

[WATCH] An excruciating moment as woman jumps into frozen lake...ouch!

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

'Momentum did nothing wrong, legally. But the man died protecting his family!'

'Momentum did nothing wrong, legally. But the man died protecting his family!'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.

Markus Jooste will absolutely hate this book by FM Editor Rob Rose

Markus Jooste will absolutely hate this book by FM Editor Rob Rose

Financial Mail Editor Rob Rose talks about his book, “Steinheist: Markus Jooste, Steinhoff and SA’s biggest corporate fraud”.

6 mistakes people in their 20s make with money

6 mistakes people in their 20s make with money

Sam Beckbessinger, the author of “Manage Your Money like a F*cking Grownup,” has some tips, so you don’t have to live with regret.