oa De Rebus - Any chance of emancipation for the African woman



In this case note I will concentrate on the leading case of Mthembu v Letsela and Another 1997 (2) SA 936 (T) where the application of the Bill of Rights was considered by the Pretoria high court. Women have unfortunately lost the war for equality in the battle between the sexes. In this case, involving succession to the whole of the estate of a deceased person who died intestate, the respondent (father of the deceased) opposed an application by the widow to succeed to the estate.


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