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dc.identifier.citation [2010] ZACC 18
dc.identifier.citation 2011 (1) BCLR 1 (CC)
dc.identifier.citation 2011 (2) SA 26 (CC)
dc.title Road Accident Fund and Another v Mdeyide en
dc.title.alternative CCT10/10 en
dc.identifier.casenumber CCT10/10 en
dc.contributor.judge Van Der Westhuizen J Majority judgment
dc.contributor.judge Froneman J dissenting judgment 30 September 2010
dc.concourt.synopsis Following reconsideration of the applicant?s capacity as ordered in Mdeyide 1 (2007) the application for confirmation of invalidity proceeded in this Court concerning the prescription period set forth in the Road Accident Fund Act that commences when the cause of action arises, irrespective of whether the claimant has knowledge of the Road Accident Fund and the possibility of a claim thereunder. The Court held that because the three-year prescription period provided for in the Act did not contain a knowledge requirement or provisions for condonation, this limited the right of access to courts under section 34 of the Constitution. In conducting a proportionality analysis, however, the Court found this limitation to be justifiable under section 36 of the Constitution. The Court held that the potential harm to the viability and functioning of the Road Accident Fund should a knowledge requirement or provision for condonation be imported outweighed the possible negative impact of the provision on potential claimants who may not come to know of the Road Accident Fund until three years after the accident giving rise to a claim. The minority would have found that the lack of a knowledge requirement and the absence of a condonation provision with regard to the prescription period in the Road Accident Fund Act unjustifiably infringed the right of access to courts under section 34 of the Constitution. Majority: Van der Westhuizen J (Ngcobo CJ, Moseneke DCJ, Cameron J, Khampepe J, Mogoeng J, Nkabinde J, and Skweyiya J concurring). Minority: Froneman J (Jafta J and Yacoob J concurring).
dc.concourt.casehistory Application for declaration of constitutional invalidity in the of the earlier judgment of the Eastern Cape High Court, East London Circuit Local Division, case number EL 91/2004. See also earlier CC judgment: Road Accident Fund v Mdeyide (Minister of Transport, Intervening) [2007] ZACC 7; 2008 (1) SA 535 (CC); 2007 (7) BCLR 805 (CC)

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