South African property law regulates the “rights of people in or over certain objects or things.”  These are legally defined as: a corporeal object outside the human body, and an independent entity capable of being subjected to legal sovereignty by a legal subject for whom it has use and value.

Property laws are important in the society because they help protect property rights. When a property is owned by someone, that person has the right to use, enjoy, and dispose of the property as they see fit. This includes the right to sell, lease or borrow against the property.