It's been a sadly common South African story for decades: a divorced spouse is left with nothing to show after years of marriage, no matter how hard they worked in the family home.
But a recent landmark ruling by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria is set to change all that – and it’s being hailed as a watershed moment for women, who are usually the ones left high and dry after divorce.
The woman in this case is known only as Mrs G and she was just 22 years old when she married the man she was head-over-heels in love with. Before the wedding, the groom’s father presented her with a one-page antenuptial contract. No community of property and no accrual would apply to the marriage – but Mrs G, young and optimistic, signed the piece of paper.