13 April 2020
The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr Ronald Lamola, welcomed the announcement by the Association of Regional Magistrates of Southern Africa (ARMSA) which committed R200 000 as contribution to the Solidarity Fund.
“We have acknowledged that we are facing an unprecedented pandemic and thus committed R200 000 towards the solidarity fund to help curb the spread of COVID-19” said the President of ARMSA, Regional Magistrate Jonathan Ratshibvumo. Speaking on behalf of ARMSA National Executive Committee, Mr Ratshibvumo expressed his gratitude to the Magistrates and Regional Magistrates countrywide for continuing to offer the essential services to the nation during the lockdown period.
“This contribution is a positive gesture that heeds President Ramaphosa’s call for everyone in society who is able to make a contribution to the Solidarity Fund, to do so. We encourage more commitments such as these to help government deal with the unprecedented effects that the COVID-19 is having on our country,” said Minister Lamola.
Minister Lamola thanked ARMSA for its contribution and said that it is encouraging to see associations from the legal fraternity united in a common humanitarian course of flattening the curve against the spread of Covid-19.
“ARMSA’s commitment comes in the wake of R50 000 contribution that was made by the Judicial Officers Association of South Africa, the Ministry is very grateful to these contributions and encourages other sectors society to make contributions for this benevolent and societal course” said Minister Lamola
The Solidarity Fund was established for the purpose of enabling all sectors of society to make contributions which will assist in curbing the spread of Covid-19.
“We remain committed to working with any of our partners and entities in keeping with the collective spirit that we are all in this together,” said Minister Lamola.
Issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
Mr Chrispin Phiri
Spokesperson: Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services
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