City officials order owner to clean up his act.
In 2008 Noseweek ran a story about a couple, Koos and Carla Bleker, who had signed a joint will through Absa – each leaving their estate to the other and with Absa appointed executor (nose108). When Carla died the estate was worth very little (just an old house in Oranjezicht, Cape Town) but the fee Absa was proposing to charge – R100,000 – would have forced the 80-year-old widower Koos to sell the house.
The couple’s son, Alex Bleker of Malmesbury, stepped in and fought hard to persuade Absa to renounce its executorship so that he could wind up the very simple estate himself. Absa wouldn’t budge, so Alex eventually had to pay the shortfall after the bank threatened to put the old man out on the street. He did, however, manage to get the fee reduced.