Co-trusteeship and the joint- action rule in South African trust law

15 May 2013

This article examines the fundamental rule of South African trust law that co-trustees must always act jointly in regard to trust administration. It highlights the rule's foundation, but also contextualizes some of the practical problems associated with the rule's operation. In particular, the article focuses on South African courts' treatment of the joint-action rule, and shows that judicial engagement with the rule has not been satisfactory in all respects. The article casts some light on possible future developments in regard to co-trusteeship in South African law.