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Ganyesa Magistrate’s Court services moved to Ganyesa Traffic Department

09 April 2018

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has provisionally moved the Ganyesa Magistrate’s Court in the North West Province to the Vryburg Magistrate’s Court. This follows the unfortunate burning down of a portion of the Ganyesa court allegedly by a group of protestors on April 3, 2018. 

The Department condemns the incident in the strongest possible terms. Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv. Michael Masutha, said that no grievance, however legitimate, justifies the destruction of public or private property during protest action. “We need to appreciate the fact that public property belongs to the people of South Africa. 

“Burning a court, school, clinic or any other public asset negatively impacts upon government’s capacity to deliver services and wastes the little resources we have replacing assets that are destroyed in acts of wanton criminality. This, in turn, lengthens the period that it would ordinarily take to resolve a plethora of our national challenges.”

Minister Masutha added: “The burning of the court has not advanced the cause of the protestors. Rather, it has meant that the court is obstructed and delayed from considering and settling important cases such as those of maintenance, assault, disputes and others.”

The administration of traffic related offences and non-criminal court services will continue to operate at the Ganyesa Traffic Department.

Issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

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