South African Government establishes more magistrates courts

South African Government establishes more magistrates courts. Photo : Judges Matter

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The South African Government is set hand over three magistrate courts in the coming three months with Sexual Offences Courts, in a bid to eradicate gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) across communities.

According to a statement issued by the Cabinet, the three courts include Plettenberg Bay Magistrate Court in the Western Cape, Dimbaza and Bitji Magistrate Courts to be launched in the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga High Court in Mbombela, and the old Middleburg Magistrate Court.

Plettenberg Bay Magistrate Court will yield about nine court rooms, including a Sexual Offences Court.

The old Middleburg Magistrate Court has been partially revamped through inmates’ labour to serve as the local seat of the High Court.

The handing over of the three magistrate courts follows the opening of Booysens Magistrate Court in Johannesburg which was officially opened by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday.

The top class Booysens Magistrate Court offers a range of services and is fully equipped to support victims of GBV and femicide.

The event also saw President Ramaphosa, together with various civil-society organisations, hosting the Presidential launch of the GBV and Femicide Declaration, which is a commitment to the implementation of the decisions from the National GBV and Femicide Summit held in November 2018.

“By the end of the fifth administration, a total of 59 new courts would have been built since 1994, exceeding the government target of building at least two courts per year,” Cabinet said in a statement.

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