Bill Status: 1st reading

1st - Reading

Reasons for the President to Return the Succession Amendment Act, 2021

  • Need for more research on Clause 14 (c )

Under Clause 14(c), where the intestate is survived by a spouse and a dependant relative with no lineal descendants, the spouse shall receive 80 per cent and the dependant shall receive 20 per cent of the whole property of the intestate.


The current law gives for 50 per cent of the estate to the widow or widower, 49 per cent of the estate to the dependant relative and 1 per cent to the customary heir.


According to the President,  the law will interfere with the beneficiary’s interests where the surviving spouse’s share increases from 50 per cent to 80 per cent and reduces the dependent relatives share from 49 per cent to 20 per cent


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