Voting; Election of Trustees & Remuneration

Second 57

Appointment of trustee or co-trustee by Master


(1) If a person who has been elected as trustee was not properly elected or is disqualified, under section fifty-five, from being elected or appointed a trustee or is disqualified from being a trustee of the estate in question or has failed to give within a period of seven days as from the date upon which he was notified that the Master had confirmed his election, or within such further period as the Master may allow, the security mentioned in subsection (2) of section fifty-six or if in the opinion of the Master the person elected as trustee should not be appointed as trustee to the estate in question, the Master shall give notice in writing to the person so elected that he declines to confirm his election or to appoint him as trustee and shall, in that notice, state his reason for declining to confirm his election or to appoint him: Provided that if the Master declines to confirm the election of a trustee because he is of the opinion that the person elected should not be appointed as trustee, it shall be sufficient if the Master states, in that notice, as such reason, that he is of the opinion that the person elected should not be appointed as trustee to the estate in question.

[Sub-s. (1) substituted by s. 17 (a) of Act No. 99 of 1965.]


(2) When the Master has declined to confirm the election of a trustee or to appoint a person elected as a trustee, or the Minister has under subsection (9) set aside the appointment of a trustee, the Master shall in accordance with the provisions of subsections (1) and (2) of section forty convene a meeting of creditors of the estate in question for the purpose of electing another trustee in the place of the person whose election as a trustee the Master declined to confirm or whom the Master declined to appoint or whose appointment as trustee has been so set aside. In the notice convening the meeting the Master shall state that he has declined to confirm the election of the person previously elected as trustee, or to appoint the person so elected, and the reasons therefor (but subject to the proviso to subsection (1)), or that the appointment of the person previously appointed as trustee has been set aside by the Minister, as the case may be, and that the meeting is convened for the purpose of electing another trustee. The Master shall post a copy of the notice to every creditor whose claim against the estate was previously proved and admitted.

[Sub-s. (2) substituted by s. 17 (a) of Act No. 99 of 1965.]


(3) A meeting mentioned in subsection (2) shall be deemed to be the continuation of a first meeting of creditors held after an adjournment thereof.


(4) If the Master declines, for any reason mentioned in subsection (1), to confirm the election of a person who was elected as trustee at a meeting mentioned in subsection (2), or to appoint a person so elected, he or she shall act in accordance with the provisions of subsection (1) and thereupon, if the person whose election the Master declined to confirm or whom the Master declined to appoint, was elected as sole trustee, or if two trustees were elected and the Master did not appoint both or one of them, the Master shall, in accordance with policy determined by the Minister, appoint as trustee of the estate in question any other person who is not disqualified from being a trustee of that estate.

[Sub-s. (4) substituted by s. 6 (a) of Act No. 16 of 2003.]


(5) Whenever the Master considers it desirable, he or she may, in accordance with policy determined by the Minister, appoint a person not disqualified from holding the office of trustee who has given the security mentioned in section 56 (2) as a co-trustee with the trustee or trustees of an insolvent estate.

[Sub-s. (5) substituted by s. 6 (b) of Act No. 16 of 2003.]


(6) All the provisions of this Act, relating to a trustee shall apply to a trustee or a co-trustee appointed by the Master under this section.


(7) Any person aggrieved by the appointment of a trustee or the refusal of the Master to confirm the election of a trustee or to appoint a person elected as a trustee, may within a period of seven days from the date of such appointment or refusal request the Master in writing to submit his or her reasons for such appointment or refusal to the Minister.

[Sub-s. (7) inserted by s. 17 (b) of Act No. 99 of 1965 and substituted by s. 6 (c) of Act No. 16 of 2003.]


(8) The Master shall within seven days of the receipt by him of the request referred to in subsection (7) submit to the Minister, in writing, his reasons for such appointment or refusal together with any relevant documents, information or objections received by him.

[Sub-s. (8) inserted by s. 17 (b) of Act No. 99 of 1965.]


(9) The Minister may after consideration of the reasons referred to in subsection (8) and any representations made in writing by the person who made the request referred to in subsection (7) and of all relevant documents, information or objections submitted to him or the Master by any interested person, confirm, uphold or set aside the appointment or the refusal by the Master and, in the event of the refusal by the Master being set aside, direct the Master to confirm the election of the trustee concerned and to appoint him as trustee to the estate in question.

[Sub-s. (9) inserted by s. 17 (b) of Act No. 99 of 1965.]


(10) The decision of the Minister under subsection (9) shall be final.

[Sub-s. (10) inserted by s. 17 (b) of Act No. 99 of 1965.]