Two minutes to a swimming pool tragedy and a R62m damages claim

Two minutes to a swimming pool tragedy and a R62m damages claim

A recent High Court decision of A and Another v S and Another (8352/2007) [2016] ZAWCHC 106 highlights once again both the personal tragedy and the legal consequences of failing to protect children from the dangers of swimming pools and other hazards. The facts of the case The property in question had both a swimming pool (fenced, with two entrance gates) and a koi pond (neither fenced nor covered); The 2½  year old child at the centre of this case usually accompanied her mother to weekly cell group meetings held at the house; The gates were protected with double latches which…
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Are you liable for a previous owner’s unpaid rates and taxes on a property?

Are you liable for a previous owner’s unpaid rates and taxes on a property?

You might not have initially been aware of this, but it might have arisen during conversation over dinner if somebody you know has recently purchased a house. The crux of the conversation was “beware when buying a new property, because you may become liable for rates going all the way back to the 1980s. This is notwithstanding that you were in a cot at the time.” Surely this could never be the case, especially since it is not your debt - it is the previous owner's debt?! However, fear not, the Gauteng Division of the High Court has clarified the…
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