Justice Department to normalise services after Mqanduli Court burnt down

JULY 8, 2016

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on Friday said that the Mqanduli Magistrate's Court caught fire on Thursday evening and that they are working to restore normalcy at the court.

"Our court officials immediately contacted the Fire Brigade Services from the Local Municipality who with assistance from their Mthatha counterparts as well as court officials managed to extinguish the fire and rescue some maintenance files and records in the prosecutor’s office," the department said.

"All other documents that were inside offices, Cash hall, Clerk of the Court and Registry have been destroyed including the furniture and office equipment.

"The court is about 85 percent burned and all cases that were scheduled for today have been postponed."

The Department said that an investigation is currently being conducted to determine the cause of fire. In the meantime, court officials will be stationed at the Mqanduli Police Station where they will operate from and put working structures into place to ensure the smooth running of justice services.

"The community of Mqanduli and surrounding areas may visit the Mqanduli Police Station (which is next to the court) for assistance and justice services," it said.

"The Department will soon communicate a sustainable plan to ensure that communities that are served by this court continue to receive services."