Get your head out the sand, it’s not 1902! ConCourt overturns archaic will
A 119-year-old will preventing women inheriting has been overruled as discriminatory and unlawful
The Anglo-Boer War had been over for just six months when Carel and Catherine de Jager sat down on a hot November day to sign their will.
Now the guns had fallen silent, their hometown of Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo, was in the early stages of a new ostrich feather boom. It must have seemed like a good time to ensure their descendants were guaranteed a share of their rapidly accumulating farmland.
Probably the last thing on their minds was ubuntu, a word and a philosophy which didn’t really catch on for another 50 years...