oa Juta's Business Law - The date of death

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-7061



For those left behind, the fact of the death of a loved one is ordinarily all that matters, not exactly when he or she died. In appropriate circumstances, though, not only the fact of death but also the precise time, or the exact cause, of death may be of crucial importance. The facts in (CPD 30 April 2008 (case no 12024/2007) unreported) provide a nice illustration.

The issue here was whether the deceased, who had committed suicide, had died before or after midnight on 30 September 2005.

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