Zim man wants RAF to also pay illegal immigrants who have been involved in accidents.
South Africa Is home to both illegal and legal immigrants. South Africans believe that illegal immigrants should not be entitled and eligible to get other benefits that legal migrants and citizens can get such as the Road Accident Funds. The government have recently made a decision that migrants would have to prove that they are legal in the country before applying for RAF. However, one Zimbabwean individual does not agree with this and will even take the matter to court.
A Zimbabwean, Adama Mudawo, is going to Gauteng High Court on 7 September 2022 to challenge the RAF. This is after the RAF took a decision that from now only legal foreigners will only be eligible to claim for the RAF. Mudawo says this is unconstitutional. Mudawo says that this new directive did not exist in the past as all foreigners, both illegal and legal, were allowed to claim. He says there was no public participation process before this decision was taken.
Perhaps both illegal immigrants should be able to apply for the RAF because they both contribute to the fund. However, being in the country is illegal. The illegal immigrant has broken one rule by being in the country and therefore should not be eligible for any funds should anything happen again. The law might have allowed foreign nationals to receive the funds before, but this has to change as illegal immigrants have broken the law.
South Africans also shared their views on this on Twitter. Most of them pointed out that most countries do not have the RAF and saw it as a disrespect that foreign nationals want to claim such benefits.
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