NPA mpumalanga high court

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President Ramaphosa officiates launch of Mpumalanga High Court

Before the launch, Mpumalanga was the only province without a High Court.

NPA mpumalanga high court

Photo: @PresidencyZA / TW

On Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa led proceedings at the launch of the Mpumalanga High Court.

A historical feat for South Africa’s justice system

The opening of the Mpumalanga High Court is a momentous occasion. Before the project was launched, Mpumalanga was the only province, in South Africa without a High Court, 25 years into our democracy.

However, on 1 May 2019, the court building was proclaimed with Mbombela as the main seat and Middelburg as the local seat. These permanent seats signify a historic occurrence, as Mpumalanga is the last province to get its own provincial seat of the High Court.

Ramaphosa arrived at the court building, on Friday morning, met by Justice Minister Ronald Lamola and Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane.

The features of Mpumalanga High Court

The Mpumalanga High Court is a four-story building that consists of 12 courtrooms. In the short term, only five will be used. Three will be allocated towards hearing civil cases and the other two will accommodate criminal cases.

Watch: Ramaphosa opening address at the court