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Santam says given what is at stake, it and its reinsurers that the matter must go to the next stage in the process to obtain legal certainty from a higher court.
Photo: Gallo Images/Jacques Stander
Santam says given what is at stake, it and its reinsurers that the matter must go to the next stage in the process to obtain legal certainty from a higher court. Photo: Gallo Images/Jacques Stander

Santam says it believes that the Western Cape High Court made a mistake when it ordered the insurer to pay 18 months' worth of lost income to Ma-Afrika Hotels and Stellenbosch Kitchen on Tuesday.

The country's largest insurer says after careful consideration, it has decided to apply for leave to appeal the judgment.

"Santam believes that the high court erred in its judgment regarding causation and the insured peril, the trends clause and the indemnity period, and it is therefore important to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal," said the insurer in a statement.

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