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Pretoria - The Public Protector is investigating the Road Accident Fund (RAF) for maladministration, according to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa). 

Irvin Jim, the general secretary of Numsa, said on Friday that the Public Protector had assigned a senior investigator to investigate the RAF for maladministration. Jim said it was not a secret that the management of the RAF was shambolic and the agency was technically insolvent. 

The RAF was hugely indebted and its poor debt management has had a material impact on its ability to fulfil its basic mandate of paying out claims to road accident victims. The RAF routinely has its assets seized because it owes creditors and members have often been unable to do their work because basic equipment was attached.