Life policy claim rejected because man shot dead 'didn't disclose diabetes'
Cape Town - An Atlantis woman whose husband was shot dead in crossfire while dropping his child off at crèche was stunned when financial services company Old Mutual rejected a life policy claim because he had not declared a medical condition.
"He was shot. He did not die of high blood pressure, or sugar diabetes," said Renei Kruger, as she tried to make sense of the upsetting turn of events.
According to the police report at the time, Brent Kruger, 32, was dropping their young daughter off at crèche on June 22 when a bullet struck him. He was still in his vehicle, and he died at the scene.
Four teens between 15 and 18 have been arrested and charged with murder.
Brent had been the bread winner in the family, so even though she was devastated, Renei knew that at least she and their three girls had been provided for through the life insurance policy he had been paying.
However, when she claimed, she was told that it would not be paid out because he had never disclosed that he was being treated for diabetes.
"He did not have diabetes. The doctor advised him to do exercise and lose some weight," said Kruger.
"We used to go for walks, and we changed his diet. It was just routine advice."
He was not receiving insulin or any chronic medication for diabetes either, she said.
Times have been tough for her and the girls. Shortly after her husband was killed, she discovered she was pregnant.
She and the girls are living with family at the moment.
She does not have a car to use because Brent's car lurched forward into a vibracrete fence when he was shot.
She does not have Continue reading