oa De Rebus - 18 the new 21 - the retrospective application of a statute : feature
|Article Title||18 the new 21 - the retrospective application of a statute : feature|
|© Publisher:||Law Society of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jul 2014|
|Pages||30 - 32|
The Supreme Court of Appeal, has recently, in the matter of Malcolm v Premier, Western Cape Government 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 ex lege on 1 July 2007, sought to institute action more than one year thereafter.
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