26 September 2018

South Africa: Langa Residents Schooled in the Wisdom of a Will

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More than 70% of the South African working population do not have wills. Many have no access to expert help or legal services, or they can't afford the fees. As part of National Wills Week, a free community service in Langa helped residents draft their wills.

"There is this belief in our community that the only people who need wills are those who are very rich or those who own a lot of property, but that is not true. As long as you lie in a bed and have a roof over your head and have things that you worked hard for, you need to have a will."

This is the advice from Langa resident Nozikhumbuzo Gqeza, who went to Langa Community Advice Centre to seek help about drafting her will last week.

The non-profit organisation Langa Community Advice Services, run by two paralegals and former Black Sash members, held a Wills Week session to educate and help residents with providing a distribution of assets plan for their loved ones after they die.

Gqeza said that the advice service was a great initiative. Many in the community were uneducated about wills and could not...

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