Ngewu and Another v Post Office Retirement Fund and Others v Post Office Retirement Fund and Others

Case No. Lower Court Judgments Hearing Date Judgment Date Majority Author Vote
CCT 117/11 Application for direct access 7 Feb. 2013 7 Mar. 2013 Van der Westhuizen  J. Unanimous

The applicant, Ms Phumla Ngewu, challenged the Rules of Post Office Retirement Fund (“the Fund“) and the Pensions Funds Act 24 of 1956 (“the Act“) on the grounds that they do not allow for a share of a Post Office employee’s pension fund to be paid out to the employee’s spouse when there is a divorce.  The Pension Funds Act does contain a provision that entitles a former spouse of a member of a private pension fund registered under the Act to receive an immediate payment of a share of the member’s pension interest. The applicant claims that it is unfairly discriminatory that this provision does not apply to the Post Office Retirement Fund. Continue reading