THE STATUS OF A POST-DATED CHEQUE PRIOR TO THE POST-DATE
Keywords:Post-dated cheques, post-date, demand instruments
Electronic payment seems to be taking over but cheques are still used for valid reasons. Post-dated cheques are used for reasons such as making an advance payment, securing future payment at a future time, etcetera. However, the status of post-dated cheques prior to the post-date has been questionable since many years ago. The consumers who were affected by this situation were for decades placed in a quandary since the courts had been unable to resolve the uncertainty. This article is an analysis of the status of post-dated cheques prior to the post-date according to the South African law of negotiable instruments. A comparative study of English law is undertaken since the South African law of negotiable instruments is derived from the English law; hence the English law position is imperative and influential in regard to the South African law of negotiable instruments. Consideration is given to the South African and English legislation for the definitions of concepts such as a bill of exchange, cheque, payable on demand, etcetera. It will be shown
that post-dated cheques are regarded as demand instruments and thus valid cheques in both South African law and English law.
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