All claims fall away (prescribe) after a certain period of time. In other words, you will lose your right to claim against another person if you wait too long to make the claim. If you are helping someone with a case, it is very important that you do not delay in taking follow-up action and that you advise the person immediately of the time-limits.
Examples of prescription periods:
The Institution of Legal proceedings against certain Organs of state Act, (No 40 of 2002) has changed the prescription periods for claims against government bodies. In terms of Section 3 of this Act you must do the following:
If you don’t give the required 6 months notice and you have good reasons for not giving proper notice, you can apply to the court for condonation. This means you ask the court to allow you to continue with the claim even though it has officially prescribed because you had good reasons for failing to give notice.