The Need to Adopt Preventative Measures to Combat the Misappropriation of Retirement Fund Assets

Keywords: Misappropriation, preventative measures, Retirement Funds Assets, trustees, corporate governance

Abstract

This paper discusses the challenge of the misappropriation of retirement fund assets by trustees, fund asset managers and retirement funds’ administrators. It demonstrates that retirement fund members lose substantial retirement benefits due to the illegal and unlawful conduct of those who manage and administer retirement funds. It evaluates whether the South African legislative framework offers retirement funds and their members adequate protection from activities that may compromise the delivery of the pension promise such as: mismanagement; fraudulent activities; gross negligence; and the outright looting of retirement fund assets. In particular, this paper illustrates that the law in South Africa does not deter would-be wrongdoers from acting in a manner that may compromise the benefits expected by retirement fund members when they exit their funds. It advocates the adoption of adequate preventative legislative measures that would make it difficult for anyone to act in a manner that would compromise retirement fund members' benefits in South Africa.

 

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Published
2021-05-12
How to Cite
MarumoagaeM. C. (2021). The Need to Adopt Preventative Measures to Combat the Misappropriation of Retirement Fund Assets. Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, 24, 1 - 35. https://doi.org/10.17159/1727-3781/2021/v24i0a10732
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Special Edition: Corporate and Financial Markets 2021