Naude & another v Fraser (1998) 3 All SA 239 (A)

Main Issue: Adoption or whether the anonymity of adoptive parents could be compromised or not and whether an illegitimate father can intervene in the case.

Findings: The case involved the intervention by a father of an illegitimate child in adoption proceedings. The majority of the Court found that adoption is a process which calls for a delicate balance to be struck when considering the respective interests of all the parties concerned, subject always to the best interest of the child being the overriding consideration. The Court held that the corner stone of an adoption hearing was the anonymity attached to the adoptive parents; if anonymity was in any way compromised, the best interest of the child would be subverted.