oa De Rebus - 18 the new 21 - the retrospective application of a statute : feature



The Supreme Court of Appeal, has recently, in the matter of 2014 (3) SA 177 (SCA) conclusively ruled on the effect of the reduction of the age of majority from 21 to 18 years by virtue of s 17 of the Children's Act 38 of 2005 on the interpretation of s 13(1)(a) of the Prescription Act 68 of 1969. The plaintiff, a minor at the time that his claim for damages arose (prior to the coming into operation on 1 July 2007 of s 17 of the Children's Act) and was rendered a major on 1 July 2007, sought to institute action more than one year thereafter.


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