PRECIOUS Sikgotho from Malvern, Joburg lived with her partner for 10 years. Recently he died. In 2008, he paid lobola for her and her uncle was a witness. A will drawn up in 2004 emerged, in terms of which her partner’s estate was to be shared by his sister-in-law, niece and nephew. Precious said after the lobola was paid her partner took her ID and said he was going to change his will, but she doesn’t know if he did, or where it is. His niece now wants to evict her from the house and sell it.
WHAT I DID
I contacted Scorpion Legal Protection for advice.
Their attorney advised Precious to apply to the High Court to have her relationship with her dead partner declared a universal partnership. He said it had the same effect as being married and if the application was successful, the will would be declared invalid by the court and she would be entitled to a 50% share of the estate.