Widow of Aussie star to get R5m

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Copy of ca p7 Dickson Family DONE SUPPLIED Former Aussie Rules football player Rob Dickson with, from left, Gabriel, Dusty and Byron

Cape Town - The widow of a former Aussie Rules football player and reality television show winner who died in a car crash near Sun City will receive R5.2 million in damages from the Road Accident Fund (RAF).

Robert Dickson, 45, a former football player and Australian Survivor winner, died in a crash on the Sun City-Pilanesberg Road in April 2009.

The crash also claimed the lives of his sons Byron, 5, and Gabriel, 8.

According to reports, the family were on holiday and driving between Sun City and Pretoria when the crash occurred.

Dickson’s wife, Dusty, a Zimbabwean, and her niece were also in the car. Dickson and Byron died at the scene. Gabriel died later in hospital. Dusty and her niece survived.

Jean-Paul Rudd, from the law firm Adams & Adams who represented the widow, said the RAF had accepted liability.

“The RAF has accepted liability to compensate the widow for the damages she suffered as a result of the loss of support she sustained due to the passing of her late husband in the collision.”

The RAF previously tendered the widow R524 942, R3 457, 93.70 and R3 814 887.70 in an attempt to settle the action, which was rejected on the advice of her attorney, who has represented many foreigners in the past in similar claims against the RAF.

“The widow’s claim fails to be dealt with under the Road Accident Fund Amendment Act. She would have been entitled to damages in the sum of R52 910 792 prior the amendment in the act, which substantially reduces the amount of damages victims are entitled to,” Rudd said.

He said it remained a sensitive matter for the family.

Dickson was a former Hawthorn and Brisbane footballer and well-known Down Under for his football documentaries, including Essence of the Game and Shane Crawford Exposed.

Australian newspapers widely reported on the tragedy.

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