Projects: FIFA 2010
Special Courts for the 2010 World Cup
An administration of justice framework was developed to deal speedily and effectively with incidents that are in conflict with the law during the 2010 FIFA World Cup Event. The experience from previous host countries indicated that the influx of foreign nationals in world cups increases criminal activities. Therefore, special measures should be put in place to process any criminal matters that may arise from big events such as the FIFA World Cup.
A total of 56 courts have been identified in all Host Cities as special courts that will deal with World Cup Event related cases. Cases committed against or by foreigners will be given priority. The Department has set aside skilled and experienced court personnel such as Prosecutors, Magistrates and Attorneys from Legal Aid South Africa, who will deal efficiently and effectively with all cases arising from the event.
The courts will operate two weeks before the event and two weeks after the event, that is, from 28 May 2010 to 25 July 2010. The court hours will be divided into two shifts as follows: 07h45- 16h15 (First Shift) and 16h15-23h00(Second shift).
To create a legacy for the country, the Department spearheaded a programme to train volunteers who will give assistance in any identified court administration need. Thanks to the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA) that funded this special programme to the value of R1million.