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Southern CrossCivil Law and Common Law in South Africa$
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Reinhard Zimmermann and Daniel Visser

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198260875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260875.001.0001

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(p.656) (p.657) 20. Ownership
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J. R. L. Milton

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The earliest recorded reference to ownership in South African law occurs just five years or so after the servants of the Dutch East India Company waded ashore in Table Bay on 9 April 1652 to found a European settlement at the Cape of Good Hope. In the journal kept by the commander of the settlement it is noted on 21 February 1657 that grants of land are to be made to certain men ‘in vollen eygendom’. Thereafter, title deeds were issued. This chapter discusses the historical development of eygendom in South African law.

Keywords:   South African law, ownership law, eygendom, Dutch East India Company

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