South African Law/Persons

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Introduction[edit | edit source]

The course is intended to cover the South African Law of persons. The course is aimed at First Yeart University level, for students doing an undergraduate law degree. The course work is based on the UNISA syllabus and is intended as an aid to students. The course is based on the UNISA course work and the principle works cited are:

  • Jacqueline Heaton & D.S.P. Cronjé, The South African Law of Persons, 5th edn. Durban: LexisNexis, 2017.
  • Jacqueline Heaton & D.S.P. Cronjé, Casebook on The South African Law of Persons / Vonnisbundel oor die Suid-Afrikaanse personereg, 3rd edn. Durban: LexisNexis, 2008.
  • UNISA Department of Private Law - Law of persons 2007 study guide. Eds Ferreira, Heaton, Kruger & Mailula.

Other works cited:

  • Percy Sydney Twentyman Jones & Harry Osborne Buckle. The Civil Practice of the Magistrates' Courts in South Africa, 10th edn. 2 vols. Eds. H. J. Erasmus & D. E. Van Logerenberg. Claremont, South Africa: Juta, 2011.

Topics to be covered[edit | edit source]

  1. Introduction
    1. Legal personality
  2. The beginning and end of Legal Personality
    1. The beginning of Legal personality -
    2. The interests of the unborn child
    3. The end of Legal personality
  3. Status
    1. Domicile
    2. Extra-martital birth
    3. Minority
      1. The legal status of an infans
      2. The Legal status of a minor
      3. The Minor's contractual capacity
        • Assistance by a guardian
        • Ratification of contracts
        • Statuory exceptions.
        1. Minor's contractual capacity - Misrepresentation
        2. Mionor's contractual capacity - Undue Enrichment
        3. Minor's contractual capacity - Restitutio in integrum.
        4. Minor's capacity in other juristic acts
          • Litigation
          • Delictual liability
          • Criminal liability
        5. Majority
      4. Attainment of majority by various acts
        • Venia Aetas
        • Release from tutelage
        • Age of majority
        • Emancipation
    4. Diverse factors affecting status:
      1. Status: Insanity
      2. Status: Insolvency