Radebe launches court in Tsakane

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe says the government is committed in bringing courts to the people.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe launched the Tsakane Magistrates Court on 8 March 2013. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN"

JOHANNESBURG - Justice Minister Jeff Radebe on Friday said his department will launch a number of courts in the country as part of restoring the dignity of people who were dispossessed during apartheid.

Speaking at the launch of the Tsakane Magistrates Court in the East Rand, Radebe said the court will bring justice to the doorstep of the poor.

Radebe said the court will halve the workload at the Brakpan Magistrates Court and speed up cases in the area.

He said similar projects were being undertaken across the country.

"The department will always strive to ensure that no matter what challenges the services are brought closer to the people as we are witnessing here today. We want to ensure our government's commitment to restoring our people's dignity."

Meanwhile, the Justice Department will re-launch sexual offences court as matter of urgency following an increase in the number of rape cases throughout the country.

Several women and children have been raped since the beginning of 2013.

According to statistics, a woman is raped every four minutes in South Africa.