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gavel thumb100 GroundUp reports that the Western Cape High Court has granted an order compelling the owner of a Sea Point security company to pay outstanding provident fund contributions of at least R2.3m.  

The company, Proexec Security Network, and its owner, Geoffrey Levy, failed to consistently pay contributions to the Private Sector Security Provident Fund for several years.  Judge Andre le Grange ruled as follows on Wednesday:  "There is no doubt that the fund has made out a case for the relief sought.  The owner shall pay and provide all outstanding schedules which Levy has indicated they have difficulty getting.  Those must be delivered, if possible, in 30 days."  Until about September 2017, Proexec employed more than 200 guards at buildings in the Sea Point area.  In 2018, the fund brought an application to ask the court to compel Levy to pay outstanding contributions as well as interest on the late payments.  Throughout the proceedings, Levy's wife, Natasha, pleaded that the company and her family could not pay the outstanding monies.  The judge explained the order to Levy as follows:  “The order means they (the ex-employees) are entitled to say the court has ordered that you should pay the amount.  It is then for them to decide whether or not to act on it.  You won’t go to jail like in the past for not paying.  So when you do get funds or start a new job or new business then they can come and collect.”  But, ex-employee Fikile Vakele said he was not 100% happy with the ruling because “We don’t know how we are going to get our money.”  He said that next week, a criminal case would be opened against Levy.

  • Read the original of Barbara Maregele’s report on this story in full at GroundUp


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