Government & Municipal News
03 February 2017

Rustenburg – Subsequent to the closure of the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court in November 2016, by the Department of Labour as a result of asbestos health hazards, the court has been reopened to the public. 

This follows the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development engaging with the Department of Public Works, owners of government building in order to address the challenge. Public Works have since contracted accredited service providers to remove the asbestos material in the building.

The construction commenced in December 2016 and the Department of Public works announced on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 that the inspectors from the Department of Labour certified the building safe to occupy.

This was done after an Independent Inspecting Authority, accredited by the SANAS issued a clearance certificate that the court was free of asbestos and can now be re-occupied.

Tsietsi Malema, Regional Head for the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development North West, said he is delighted that his department managed to resolve the challenge. 

“I would like to apologize to the community members, staff members, both internal and external stakeholders for the inconvenience caused during the asbestos clearing process. 

The reopening of the court within two months of its closure has been an exceptional collaborative effort. We will ensure that our clients continue to receive quality court services,” says Malema.
All cases which were transferred from Rustenburg to the Koster and Swartruggens Magistrates’ Courts will now be moved back to the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court. The same applies to cases which were moved to the Civic Centre and the Traffic Court. 

The office of the Family Advocate as well as Public Prosecutor will also be returning back to Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court.

“We wish to inform all our clients that the court will resume normal operations as on Wednesday, 1 February 2017,” Thabo Seadira, departmental regional spokesperson, said.

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