Mogoeng: Court backlogs still a problem

The chief justice has launched the PEEC in a bid to improve performance in courts.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Court backlogs remain a challenge across South Africa, Constitutional Court Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said on Wednesday.

The issue was once again highlighted at the launch of the Provincial Efficiency Enhancement Committee (PEEC) in the Western Cape High Court.

The committee aims to improve performance in courts.

Mogoeng says one of the main aims of the PEEC is to improve the efficiency of the judicial system.

He believes this will eliminate unnecessary delays in cases.

Mogoeng admits there is also a need to improve performance of prosecutors as this sometimes has a direct impact on the speed of cases.

The committee is made up of police, representatives from the National Prosecuting Authority and officials from the Departments of Correctional Services and Justice.

Provincial committees have also been launched in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.