Johannesburg - The Constitutional Court has ordered the Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA) and the Special Pensions Appeal Board (SPAB) to finally release the special pension of freedom fighter turned fraudster Nathaniel Masemola after years of a legal battle.
The 92-year-old ANC veteran had dragged the government before the apex court in August as he fought for the reinstatement of his pension, which was cancelled in 2008 after he was convicted on several counts of fraud in terms of the Special Pensions Act.
The special pension is allocated to individuals who made sacrifices and served in the public interest for establishing a non-racial democratic constitutional order
After successfully applying for a full presidential pardon, Masemola approached the GPAA and the SPAB asking for the reinstatement of the special but was rejected which triggered an eight-year legal battle.
The protracted legal fight started in the North Gauteng High Court with Masemola winning the case before it was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal.