Allowances, Realization of Assets & Reports

Section 82

Sale of property after second meeting and manner of sale


(1)  Subject to the provisions of sections eighty-three and ninety the trustee of an insolvent estate shall, as soon as he is authorized to do so at the second meeting of the creditors of that estate, sell all the property in that estate in such manner and upon such conditions as the creditors may direct: Provided that if any rights acquired from the State under a lease, licence, purchase, or allotment of land is an asset in that estate, the trustee shall, in his administration of the estate, act in accordance with those provisions (if any) which by the law under which the rights were acquired, are expressed to apply in the event of the sequestration of the estate of the person who acquired those rights: Provided that if the creditors have not prior to the final closing of the second meeting of creditors of that estate given any directions the trustee shall sell the property by public auction or public tender. A sale by public auction or public tender shall be after notice in the Gazette and after such other notices as the Master may direct and in the absence of directions from creditors as to the conditions of sale, upon such conditions as the Master may direct.

(2)  When the sale is by public tender, every tenderer shall transmit his tender in duplicate in a sealed envelope to the Master, or if the Master has so directed, to a magistrate specified by him. The Master or such magistrate shall keep each tender unopened until the expiry of the period for the lodging of tenders. He shall then open the sealed envelopes and, in the case of the Master, file one duplicate of each tender or, in the case of the magistrate, transmit one duplicate of each tender to the Master. The Master or the magistrate (as the case may be) shall forthwith transmit the other duplicate of each tender to the trustee. The trustee or his representative shall have the right to be be present when the Master or the magistrate opens the tenders.

(3)  . . . . . .

[Sub-s. (3) deleted by s. 26 (a) of Act No. 99 of 1965.]

(4)  . . . . . .

[Sub-s. (4) deleted by s. 26 (a) of Act No. 99 of 1965.]

(5)  After the opening of the tenders no further offer for the property in question shall be considered and unless the creditors have otherwise directed, or if they have given no directions, unless the Master has otherwise directed, the trustee shall accept the best tender or reject all the tenders and sell the property by public auction.

[Sub-s. (5) substituted by s. 26 (b) of Act No. 99 of 1965.]

(6)  From the sale of the movable property shall be excepted the wearing apparel and bedding of the insolvent and the whole or such part of his household furniture, and tools and other essential means of subsistence as the creditors, or if no creditor has proved a claim against the estate, as the Master may determine and the insolvent shall be allowed to retain, for his own use any property so excepted from the sale.

(7)  The trustee or an auctioneer employed to sell property of the estate in question, or the trustee’s or the acutioneer’s spouse, partner, employer, employee or agent shall not acquire any property of the estate unless the acquisition is confirmed by an order of the court.

(8)  If any person other than a person mentioned in subsection (7) has purchased in good faith from an insolvent estate any property which was sold to him in contravention of this section, or if any person in good faith and for value acquired from a person mentioned in subsection (7) any property which the last mentioned person acquired from an insolvent estate in contravention of that subsection, the purchase or other acquisition shall nevertheless be valid, but the person who sold or otherwise disposed of the property shall be liable to make good to the estate twice the amount of the loss which the estate may have sustained as a result of the dealing with the property in contravention of this section.