If legislation is the recipe of law, then court cases are the ingredients. It
is the judgments of our courts that both interpret and apply the law,
evaluate the evidence, asses the facts, and establish the precedents
upon which we all rely.
The 60 cases selected for this book include not only some of the classic
decisions dealing with the law of property, but others that are particularly
interesting, recent or topical, and demonstrate a number of important
points or principles. Wisely, the author has avoided long and difficult
judgments and rather opted for relatively brief and more pertinent
This is the eighth edition of this popular casebook, which forms a
companion volume to another work in the Juta Property Law Library,
namely Introduction to the Law of Property (2016 Juta) by the same
author with Professor Gerrit Pienaar.
The book contains both a bilingual English and Afrikaans version for
reasons of economy and will reach a wide readership of students and
practitioners of property law. Useful and practical hints on the reading
and analysis of both cases and legislation are included. There are
explanatory notes and commentary on each of the cases, and where
appropriate, the facts of each case are summarised.
The cases are conveniently grouped to deal with the various aspects of
the law of property, such as ownership, possession, limited real rights in
property such as servitudes, and constitutional property law. Extracts
from selected legislation such as the Prescription Act, Deeds Registries
Act, Security by Means of Movable Property Act and the Insolvency Act
compliment the text.
The distinguished author Professor Andre van der Walt BIur Hons(BA)
LLB LLM LLD of Stellenbosch University has with this work continued to
contribute to and further consolidated the ever-growing and
comprehensive range of the Juta Property Law Library series in this
very important branch of private law. Students who will become the
property lawyers and judicial officers of the future will welcome and
benefit from this quality casebook.