This blog was co-authored by Hannah Howell, Candidate Attorney.

On 12 August 2022, the Road Accident Fund, in a presumed bid to extricate itself from its ever-expanding pothole of debt, issued a directive instructing its staff to reject any claims made for past medical expenses if a medical aid scheme had already paid for them.

When interpreting a statutory provision, one must proceed from the fundamental premise that meaning must be given to every word (provided the context lends itself to such meaning).  The rationale for this principle is that a statute is not taken to use words without meaning.  No clause, sentence or word must be construed to be