Determination of Complaints
In terms of Section 75 of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority Act 2010, where a matter has not been settled between a Financial Services Provider and a Complainant the Ombudsman will make a decision with reference to what is fair and reasonable in all the circumstances of each case.
When the Ombudsman has determined a complaint, the Ombudsman gives a written statement of the decision to all the parties. The Determination gives the reasons for the decision; and it is certified and signed by the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman requires the Complainant to notify the Ombudsman in writing, whether the Complainant accepts or rejects the decision.
If the Complainant accepts the decision, it is final and binding on the parties. If, by the specified date, the complainant has not notified the Ombudsman of the acceptance or rejection of the decision, the Complainant shall be treated as having rejected it; and the Ombudsman notifies the Respondent of the outcome.
Below are some of the Determinations of the Ombudsman. The names of the parties have been changed to protect their identity.
|09/04/2018||Insurance||Insurance- Short term- Motor Personal- Claim declined (policy terms not recognized or met) - Non-payment of premiums||Insurance Broker; Insurance Company; Financier Bank||Not Upheld||INSH62017-0904181.pdf|
|04/05/2018||Retirement||Retirement Fund- Pension- Miscalculation of Benefits- Withdrawal Benefit||Pension Fund; Fund Administrator; Employer||Not Upheld||RFM162017-040518.pdf|
|06/11/2020||Savings & Credit||Savings & Credit: Membership of Complainant with Respondent; Retirement and extension of Membership; Outstanding balances on monies advanced||The Savings And Credit Cooperative Society Limited||Not Upheld||CC.M.22.2019.pdf|
|06/11/2020||Insurance||Insurance: Claim against life policy where the cause of death was natural causes; Acidental Death Benefit||LIFE INSURANCE (ESWATINI) LIMITED||Not Upheld||INS.M.12.2019.pdf|
|30/11/2020||Retirement||Retirement Fund: Withdrawal benefit where Member resigned; Employer Optional Exit Scheme.||EMPLOYER STAFF PENSION FUND||Not Upheld||RF.M.18.2019.pdf|
|18/12/2020||Savings & Credit||Savings & Credit: Consequences of underpayment in repaying monies advanced; extended period of loan and arrears||FINANCIAL SERVICE PROVIDER||Not Upheld||CC.M.16.2019.pdf|
|08/01/2021||Savings & Credit||Savings & Credit: Purpose of Consumer Credit Act; the importance of credit agreement and the rights of the parties as appears [from the contract].||THE CREDIT PROVIDER||Not Upheld||CC.H.04.2020.pdf|
|01/03/2021||Savings & Credit||Savings & Credit: Consumer Credit Act; arrears on loan balance.||FINANCIAL SERVICES PROVIDER||Not Upheld||CC.M.25.2020.pdf|
|20/01/2021||Retirement||Retirement Funds: Distribution of death benefits and the provisions of section 33 of the Retirement Funds Act, 2005.||THE EMPLOYER FUND||Not Upheld||RF.H.20.2020.pdf|
|19/05/2021||Insurance||Insurance: Lapse of Insrance contract; principle of utmost good faith underpins insurance contract.||THE INSURANCE COMPANY||Not Upheld||INS.M.01.2021.pdf|
|26/08/2021||Insurance||Insurance - Funeral Insurance facilitated by member SACCO||The Savings and Credit Cooperative Society||Not Upheld||INS.H.10.2021.pdf|
|18/11/2021||Insurance||Insurance - Pepudiation of insurance claim - Arrear Premiums||The Insurance Company||Not Upheld||INS.M.33.2021.pdf|
|13/10/2021||Investments||Insurance - Miselling of insurance product||The Insurance Company||Not Upheld||SEC.M.22.2021.pdf|
|23/04/2021||Savings & Credit||Savings & Credit: Consumer Credit Act; credit agreement and the unilateral alteration of contractual terms by the credit provider.||FINANCIAL SERVICES PROVIDER||Partially Upheld||CC.H.15.2020.pdf|
|14/10/2021||Savings & Credit||Savings and Credit - Loans advanced to member; security thereof.||The SACCO||Partially Upheld||CC.H.15.2020.pdf|
|05/08/2016||Retirement||Retirement Fund - Pension - Miscalculation of Benefits||Pension Fund; Employer||Upheld||RFAH372012-050816.pdf|
|07/11/2017||Savings & Credit||Savings & Credit - Incorrect interest or fees being charged||Savings & Credit Cooperative Society||Upheld||CCM132016-071117.pdf|
|15/08/2016||Retirement||Retirement Fund - Pension- Distribution / improper exercise of discretion - Death benefit||Pension Fund||Upheld||RFAH62013-150816.pdf|
|05/08/2016||Insurance||Insurance- Short term- Motor Personal- Claim declined (policy terms not recognized or met) - Claim repudiation||Insurance Company||Upheld||IAH32013-050816.pdf|
|01/12/2017||Savings & Credit||Savings & Credit - Incorrect interest or fees being charged||Credit Provider||Upheld||CCM242016-011217.pdf|