Rajbansi’s second wife stays executrix of his sizeable estate

2012-04-12 00:00

THE late Amichand Rajbansi’s second wife, Shameen Thakur-Rajbansi, will remain an executor of his estate for now, a judge in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban has ruled.

A dispute arose after it emerged that the late politician had written four wills before his death in December last year.

The ruling was despite an application made by two of his daughters, Vimtha and Vishana Rajbansi to have their stepmother interdicted from exercising her powers as an executrix,. They applied to have the Master of the High Court appoint Himal Tugh, the family’s attorney, as the sole executor of the deceased’s estate, reportedly worth about R60 million.

The daughters’ application is yet to be heard. In the meantime, the draft order stated that Thakur-Rajbansi must give Vimtha and Vishana reasonable notice of any interim payments to be made, and any statutory document to be lodged.

It further ruled that Thakur-Rajbansi do the same regarding any recovery of property into her possession as well as with any litigation to be instituted or defended in respect of the late politician.

Thakur-Rajbansi has until May 2 to file affidavits in reply to her step-daughters’ application.

Between 2000 and 2010, Rajbansi wrote four wills. In the first two, written in 2000 and 2003, he named Tugh and his wife as the executors; in the third, written in January 2010, he had named only Tugh; in the fourth, handwritten in July 2010, he did not name an executor.

Tugh told The Witness yesterday that the fourth will had been a continuation of the third.

In the court papers, the daughters supported that the last two wills be read together.

Also, in the fourth will, Rajbansi had requested Thakur-Rajbansi resign as a trustee of the Amichand Rajbansi Family Trust, and that her place be taken by a person nominated by his children.

Tugh told The Witness he respects all parties involved in the matter enormously.

“I will perform any duty I am called upon to perform,” he said, adding that the wishes of the deceased would be paramount.

Numerous attempts to contact Thakur-Rajbansi were unsuccessful yesterday.

• lunga.biyela@witness.co.za

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