Maryna holds the BA, LLB, LLM degrees and is a Director at the Cape Town branch of STBB. She is an admitted Attorney, Notary Public, Conveyancer and Insolvency Practitioner with many years of experience in the fields of property law, conveyancing and the laws relating to corporate compliance (especially in respect of the FICA and POPIA laws). Up until 2018 she was also head of the firm’s national marketing portfolio. She is a seasoned public speaker and presenter, both in person and online. She prepares text for the majority of STBB’s internal and external publications and is editor and co-writer for two pivotal publications in the South African real estate industry – the ABC of Conveyancing (JUTA) and Delport’s South African Property Law and Practice (JUTA).

Property Law Update | Issue 04 – 2021

THREE SHADES OF SPOLIATION

Wilrus Trading CC and Another v Dey Street Properties (Pty) Ltd and Others (1750/2021) [2021] ZAGPPHC 42 (9 February 2021)
Spoliation is sometimes perceived as an odd remedy: how can the fact of possession of, for example, premises or access to electricity, be ‘protected’ by the law despite the fact that the person in possession is ‘in the wrong’? The reason is that it is a fundamental principle of our law that one may not take the law into one’s own hands, however wrong you may find the conduct of another. Therefore an interim solution becomes available to the person dispossessed, to restore things to the way they were, whereafter the merits of the dispute may be addressed. But what is possession? More than a mere contractual right to, for example, occupy premises pursuant to a lease, is required. This judgment explains the nuances with regards to possession in this context.

The Judgment
Summary of the Judgment

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