A Pretoria-based company has been ordered to cough up more than R190,000 in provident fund contributions after failing to pay an employee’s portion for four years while deducting money from his salary.
Pension funds adjudicator Muvhango Lukhaimane warned that in such cases it’s not enough for a provident fund to point out non-compliance to employers in letters but they should take legal action.
According to the office of the pensions funds adjudicator, the electrical and mechanical engineering company had failed to pay contributions on behalf of the complainant to the Metal Industries Provident Fund.
“The complainant said the employer last paid contributions in September 2018 while continuing to deduct the same from his salary.
“In its response to the office of the pensions funds adjudicator, the fund submitted that contributions were received on the complainant’s behalf for the period January 2012 to June 2018 and September 2018. Contributions were outstanding for the period July 2018 to August 2018 and October 2018 to date.
“The total outstanding contributions were R192,305.13 for the period July 2018 to August 2018 and October 2018 to March 2022.”