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and inheritance rights - Issue 1
and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA)
November 01, 2011
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whose names do not appear on title deeds face hardships
names do not appear on title deeds face hardships in Zimbabwe. The
legal situation is such that husbands whose names appear on the
title deeds can sell the immovable property to the detriment of
The law only
"intervenes" at death in terms of the inheritance laws
that state that the immovable property goes to the surviving spouse.
Upon divorce, the immovable property is shared equitably using the
provisions of the Matrimonial Causes Act.
Makarau J stated clearly in the case of Muswere vs Makanza and others
HC16-2005 that clearly the law in place " is unsatisfactory
and palpably unjust"."
WLSA and the
Property and Inheritance Rights Network of Zimbabwe has prepared
a position paper for submission to the Law Development Commission.
and Law in Southern Africa fact
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