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WILLS ACT 7 OF 1953
[ASSENTED TO 25 FEBRUARY 1953] [DATE OF COMMENCEMENT: 1 JANUARY 1954]

(English text signed by the Governor-General)

as amended by
Wills Amendment Act 48 of 1958 General Law Amendment Act 80 of 1964 Wills Amendment Act 41 of 1965 Law of Succession Amendment Act 43 of 1992 General Law Amendment Act 49 of 1996 ACT

To consolidate and amend the law relating to the execution of wills.
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Definitions

In this Act, unless the context otherwise indicates'amendment' means a deletion, addition, alteration or interlineation;
[Definition of 'amendment' inserted by s. 2 (a) of Act 43 of 1992.]

'competent witness' means a person of the age of fourteen years or over who at the time he witnesses a will is not incompetent to give evidence in a court of law; 'Court' means a provincial or local division of the Supreme Court of South Africa or any judge thereof;
[Definition of 'Court' amended by s. 1 of Act 49 of 1996.]

'deletion' means a deletion, cancellation or obliteration in whatever manner effected, excluding a deletion, cancellation or obliteration that contemplates the revocation of the entire will;
[Definition of 'deletion' inserted by s. 2 (b) of Act 43 of 1992.]

'internal law' means the law of a state or territory, excluding the rules of the international private law of that state or territory;
[Definition of 'internal law' inserted by s. 2 (c) of Act 43 of 1992.]

'Master' means a Master, Deputy Master or Assistant Master of the Supreme Court appointed under section 2 of the Administration of Estates Act, 1965 (Act 66 of 1965);
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[Definition of 'Master' substituted by s. 2 (d) of Act 43 of 1992.] 'sign' includes the making of initials and, only in the case of a testator, the making of a mark, and 'signature' has a corresponding meaning; [Defmition of 'sign' substituted by s. 2 (e) of Act 43 of 1992.]

'will' includes a codicil and any other testamentary writing.

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