Electronic wills in South Africa

  • Sizwe Snail
  • Nicholas Hall


Sizwe Snail and Nicholas Hall set out the provisions for wills in South Africa, including the provisions of the Electronic Communication Transaction Act that expressly exclude a data message as a method of executing a valid will. They then consider the case of Macdonald v The Master, in which the court held that a draft will in the form of an electronically stored document which was stored on a computer hard-disk, can be condoned in terms of the Wills Act.

Author Biographies

Sizwe Snail
Nicholas Hall