Constitutional Court hears struggle veteran's bid to have pension reinstated

The Constitutional court has heard arguments in the case of struggle veteran Nathaniel Mashilo Masemola, who wants his pension reinstated.

Masemola was found guilty of fraud and then pardoned by former president Jacob Zuma in 2011.

Masemola has since sought to regain his pension but the special pensions appeal board disagreed. The pensions agency and the special appeal board have argued that he forfeited his pension as a struggle veteran after he was convicted.

Eyewitness News reporter Nthakoana Ngatane has more on the story.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng asked, eventually, is it a fact that he forfeited receiving the benefit while he was convicted or forfeited being entitled to the benefit, so I suppose this is what the court is going to judge on.

Nthakoana Ngatane, Reporter - EWN

We are talking about someone who is now 91 and we understand he is in the Western Cape and is not in very good health. So this is part of what his counsel were actually trying to argue in court to say that we are talking about quite an elderly gentleman who has fought for the country so the country should reconsider.

Nthakoana Ngatane, Reporter - EWN

This is a landmark case because it will probably determine the futures of many who will find themselves in a similar position as Masemola.

Nthakoana Ngatane, Reporter - EWN

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