Lies, more damned lies and Absa.
A Durban estate agent and an attorney who have been working together for more than two years to try to get Absa’s pension fund managers to pay out the death benefit due to a rural KwaZulu-Natal widow, have concluded that the bankers are shameless liars.
On 1 May 2013, Nkosinathi Bernard Dlamini, a 36-year-old contract security guard at the prestigious Michaelhouse College in the KZN Midlands, died in a freak accident while walking alongside railway tracks. The sudden force of a train rushing past pushed him against a concrete slab, killing him instantly.
Thus began the struggle of his then-pregnant widow, Mandisa Happy Dlamini, to get her disbursement from the provident fund to which Nkosinathi had diligently contributed for 12 years. The only hint she had of how much money might be coming her way was a benefits statement she found from February 2010 recording an amount of R51,724.