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Parliament, Cape Town - The number of Road Accident Fund (RAF) claims submitted by attorneys on behalf of clients dropped steeply in the past five years, according to Transport Minister Dipuo Peters.
In a written response to a parliamentary question, tabled on Tuesday, she said 9299 claims were submitted directly to the fund last year (2012/13) by claimants.
A further 35 829 claims were submitted through an attorney.
The number of claims submitted through attorneys had dropped each year since 2008/09, after the Road Accident Amendment Act became law.
There were 157 197 such claims in that year, dropping to 73 514 in 2009/10. The total then fell to 67 497 in 2010/11, and 39 066 in 2011/12.