Cape Town – A mother has won a nearly decade-long high court battle for compensation from the Road Accident Fund (RAF) after her husband was killed by a container lifter at the harbour.
But an uncertainty over the payout still hangs over Thandiswa Mbele’s head, as her lawyer said the RAF intended to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).
In February 2010, Simphiwe Makutoana worked as a stevedore at the Cape Town harbour. He was struck by a reach stacker, which is used to lift ocean containers and place them on-board vessels.
Makutoana succumbed to his injuries the day after he was struck. His widow Mbele submitted a claim, but said the RAF had rejected it....
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