The reason is that all land sale agreements must by law be in writing and signed by both parties i.e. the buyer and seller themselves, “or by their agents acting on their written authority”.
And, as a recent High Court judgment has confirmed:
The loser in that particular case was the seller of a farm, whose attempt to force a family trust to take transfer failed, despite the fact that the trust had taken occupation and complied with the terms of sale agreement (including payment of the purchase price).
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