92-year-old Struggle Veteran Who Won A Presidential Pardon Should Get Back His Special Pension - Concourt

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A struggle veteran, who was granted a presidential pardon after he was convicted of fraud, is entitled to the restoration of special pension, the Constitutional Court has ruled.

"It is declared that the special pension of Mr Nathaniel Mashilo Masemola is restored from 21 July 2011, being the date on which he received his presidential pardon," Judge Nonkosi Mhlantla said on Tuesday.

Mhlantla ordered the Special Pensions Appeal Board and Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA) to pay Masemola within 14 days of the date of the order.

In 2001, the 92-year-old Masemola was convicted on several counts of fraud, and sentenced to five years in prison.

According to the judgment, pursuant to an investigation by the Special Investigating Unit in 2007 - Masemola was advised by the Board that in terms of Section 1 (8)(b) of Act, he was disqualified from continuing to receive a special pension.

Masemola then applied for a presidential pardon which was later granted in 2011 by then president Jacob Zuma. He was also issued a police clearance certificate certifying that his conviction had been expunged from his record.

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