A law unto oneself? Do traditional leaders (in this case, read The King) have to consult with their communities before litigating on their behalf? Yes.


Wonderfully, traditional leaders doing their own thing, was termed village tinpot dictators by none other than Motlanthe! Presumably he no longer has to make friends!


In 2003, 40% of South African divorcees were white. By 2000, 642% were from African population groups. Women participate in the workplace and economy and are no longer dependent on their partners for their financial needs. It is said that the tradition of respect towards the man in the marriage, amongst blacks, is softening.


Two attorneys’ firms in the Eastern Cape have been exposed as having used a template for 57 applications against the Minister of Home affairs and the Refugee Appeal Board. One hopes that they are given short shrift.


A new schedule of Deeds Office fees will kick in on 1 July. If you have not yet received a copy, ask me.


I was asked an interesting question this week; whether the maxim of de bloedige hand applies to our trust. Our law has a well-established rule that one cannot benefit from one’s own unlawful act. This is expressed in estate law as the bloedige hand maxim. I cannot recall that I have seen a similar prohibition applied in trust law by our courts. Are there any readers who would assist?