Thu. Jan 21st, 2021

In Pictures: Justice Minister Masutha opens new Plettenberg Bay Magistrate’s Court

plettenberg bay magistrate's courtA new dawn for Plett’s judicial infrastructure.

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Justice Minister, Michael Masutha, was in Plettenberg Bay, on Thursday, to open up the newly-built magistrate’s court in the New Horizons township.

This new installation makes it one of a few courts that you will find in the township in South Africa.

For the ministry of justice, it was a clear indication of the government’s commitment to providing access to equal justice for all.

New Horizon gets a magistrate’s court

The state-of-the-art court will serve the communities of KwaNokuthula, New Horizon, and other surrounding townships in Plettenberg Bay.

Masutha, at the unveiling of the golden plaque, revealed that the court is going to deal with civil and criminal cases.

The establishment also has a sexual offences court that will address the scourge of sex crimes in the area.

“The dedicated Sexual Offences Court facility is one of the 80 country-wide, which are in response to the high level of sexual offences and gender-based violence.

“The facilities in the Sexual Offences Court include a training room, two libraries, nine consulting rooms for legal practitioners, Childrens’ waiting rooms, first aid room, a cash hall, and record rooms,” minister Masutha explained.

The building also boasted nine courtrooms, made up of four district courts, two family courts, a civil/equality court, and two regional courts.

Great relief for Plettenberg Bay township communities

Addressing delegates and the media, Masutha noted that it was commendable that the outgoing government has, in this administration, built five courts.

“We have spent, in respect of the 5 courts alone, a total of R3,5 billion of which R314 million was spent in the construction of the Plettenberg Bay court,” he said.

The launch of the court in New Horizon will surely bring much relief to the communities it will serve. Usually, people from these townships would have to commute to Knysna, a costly trip that stretches more than 30km.

The minister also noted that the launch of this new court would go a long way in addressing the increase in court case backlogs which, according to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), has risen from 23.25% to 30.47%.

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