SUMMARY The matter before the Supreme Court Appeal (the “SCA”) dealt with the question of whether an unsigned will constituted the deceased’s last will and testament. The Appellant in this matter is the deceased’s widow (his second wife) and the Respondents are the deceased’s biological children, born of his marriage to his first wife, as
SUMMARY In or about 1980, Richard Tshabalala passed away intestate and was survived by his seven children and his wife, Paulina Tshabalala. During his lifetime, he was issued with a regulation 8 certificate of occupation for the property he then resided on, by the West Rand Administration Board. (“the Board”) The certificate contained the names
BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY In casu, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment deals with the interpretation of a Notarial Deed of Trust, whereby the court was tasked with determining whether the words ‘children’, ‘descendants’, ‘legal descendants’ and ‘issue’ was intended to benefit and include ‘adoptive children’.    In this matter, a trust donor – Mr
BACKGROUND On 5 December 2013, Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (“Mr Mandela”) passed on and left behind a Last Will and Testament (the “Will”) in which he bequeathed his property to his Family Trust. This property was donated to Mr Mandela by the Minister of Land Affairs (the “Third Respondent”) during the time when a final