Trade union Solidarity today indicated that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) is still refusing to provide information about possible state capture and unlisted investments to the trade union. This comes after the chairperson of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finances, Yunus Carrim, told the GEPF to comply with Solidarity’s request.
According to Solidarity’s Head of Special Projects, Schalk de Bruyn, the trade union had requested this information on 28 August in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA). “Not only has the GEPF failed to respond to the instruction within 30 days, but they have also ignored a direct instruction from the chairperson,” De Bruyn said.
De Bruyn pointed out that in terms of section 25(3) of this Act the GEPF has to provide concrete reasons for their refusal to provide the information to us. “However, the GEPF has not given clear reasons for their refusal to comply with our request and they are therefore not complying with the provisions of section 25(3),” De Bruyn said.
“Solidarity will not leave the matter there. Our next step is to approach the court with a court application,” De Bruyn concluded.
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