Thokoza has a court on their doorstep by W Ngwenya

16 August 2012

The ANC believes that many South Africans (particularly the poor) interact with the judicial system at local courts, therefore more resources should be allocated to lower courts to improve their capacity and accessibility.

Thus the ANC welcomes the opening of a R220-million Palm Ridge Court on the East Rand, which includes a children`s court, courts to deal with domestic violence and a family court. In addition, a brightly coloured witness protection room allows minors testifying in sexual offence cases to do so from behind darkened glass to protect their identity.

The building of courts in communities and townships, help reduce the backlogs in the courts and residents of Alberton, Palm Ridge and Thokoza will spend less time travelling to court and can access the judicial services with ease.

The ANC commends the department of Justice and Constitutional Development for continuously bringing services closer to the people, especially services that help alleviate violence and crimes against women and children.

I thank you