n Journal for Juridical Science - The good, the bad and the ugly : Contingency deductions for remarriage in the light of Ongevallekommissaris v Santam

Volume 26, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-252X



Where a claim for loss of support is instituted against a wrongdoer as a result of the wrongful death of a spouse who had a duty to support the surviving spouse, contingency deductions for the remarriage of the surviving spouse are made. This article examines such contingency deductions in the light of the recent case, Ongevallekommissaris v Santam. The nature of and reasons for contingency deductions are analysed, after which a legal comparative study of the position regarding contingency deductions under English law is undertaken. Lastly the practice of making contingency deductions is evaluated in the light of section 9 of the Constitution and forthcoming equality legislation.

'n Weduwee se deliktuele eis vir toekomstige verlies aan onderhoud is aan die aftrekking van gebeurlikheidsfaktore onderworpe. Een van hierdie gebeurlikheidsfaktore is die moontlike hertroue van die weduwee. Hierdie artikel ondersoek gebeurlikheidsaftrekkings vir moontlike hertroue in die lig van Ongevallekommissaris v Santam. Die aard van gebeurlikheidsaftrekkings en die redes daarvoor word ontleed. Die beginsels rakende gebeurlikheidsaftrekkings in die Engelse reg word kortliks bespreek. Laastens word die praktyk om gebeurlikheidsaftrekkings te maak, in terme van artikel 9 van die Grondwet en gelykheidswetgewing wat ophande is, geevalueer.

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