Joost's last wish explained on OFM

Joost's last wish explained on OFM

A prolonged legal battle over who will inherit the asset of the late Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen has finally come to an end. Ferdinand Hartzenberg and Van der Westhuizen’s brother, Pieter, approached the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to have a will Joost drew up in 2015 declared his last wish. The Master…

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Schools ignore the law when enforcing payment of school fees

Schools ignore the law when enforcing payment of school fees

“The school sold my lounge suite, microwave and fridge… it’s now threatening to sell my house too”. The household items of the parent who phoned the Equal Education Law Centre earlier this year had just been confiscated by debt collectors seeking to settle a R25,000 outstanding payment for school fees. When her child was admitted…

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Helping someone to die: what the law currently says

Helping someone to die: what the law currently says

In 2015, Robert James Stransham-Ford applied to court for an order to allow a medical practitioner to administer a lethal agent and end his life. As part of this order, Stransham-Ford wanted the practitioner to be immune from any civil or criminal liability for this action. At the time, Stransham-Ford had terminal stage four cancer…

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No surrogate pregnancies for infertile single parents

No surrogate pregnancies for infertile single parents

Would-be parents must share some genetic link with the child if they want to use a surrogate mother, the Constitutional Court has confirmed. In November last year, the Constitutional Court had to make a decision on whether infertile would-be parents could enter into surrogacy agreements, specifically where the child would have no genetic link to…

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Straight or gay: Who inherits when you die?

Straight or gay: Who inherits when you die?

Does your partner inherit your estate if you’re not married? The Constitutional Court has given us the answer: it depends on your sexual orientation. Last week the Court handed down its decision in the case of Laubser v Duplan: the partner in a same sex couple can inherit if the deceased partner did not leave a…

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Who inherits your partner’s estate if you’re not married?

Who inherits your partner’s estate if you’re not married?

Last Thursday, the Constitutional Court heard an application for leave to appeal. The case involved a gay couple Mr Laubser and Mr Duplan, who lived together but never married. Mr Laubser passed away without having drawn up a will. The question to be decided is whether, following the death of his partner, Mr Duplan could…

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