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WC courts need urgent upgrades

The state of Western Cape courts is shocking, but the government is in the process of upgrading them.

The state of Western Cape courts is shocking but the government is in the process of upgrading them.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Justice Department chief Hishaam Mohamed on Thursday admitted that several courts in the province are in need of urgent revamps.

Eyewitness News inspected several courts and found abysmal toilet facilities, garbage scattered around the building and ageing infrastructure.

Mohamed said the Public Works Department is responsible for upgrades made to buildings and infrastructure.

"They are busy fixing air-conditioners at the Cape Town Magistrate's Court. The project is expected to cost R10 million."

The provincial chief said council officials should be doing more to clean up human waste on the pavements outside the courts.

"They [city officials] have to ensure that vagrants do not stay overnight on court steps."