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Exploring the Law of SuccessionStudies National, Historical and Comparative$
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Kenneth Reid and Marius de Waal

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632909

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632909.001.0001

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Succession Law in South Africa – a Historical Perspective

Succession Law in South Africa – a Historical Perspective

(p.67) 4 Succession Law in South Africa – a Historical Perspective
Exploring the Law of Succession

François du Toit

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the succession law in South Africa from a historical perspective. It explains that South Africa has been gifted a mixed legal system through the coalescence of principally Roman-Dutch law with English law. The chapter highlights the interplay between civil law and common law within South African private law through an exposition of the historical development of some key features of the South African law of succession.

Keywords:   succession law, South Africa, mixed legal system, Roman-Dutch law, English law, civil law, common law, private law

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