Philippi court to get revamp

The Justice Minister is conducting visits to courts in the WC as part of the 'access to justice' program.

Minister of Department of Justice and Constitutional Development Michael Masutha. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The Justice and Correctional Services Ministry said it has prioritised Philippi as an area that needs urgent court infrastructure

Minister Michael Masutha is conducting a series of visits to district courts in the Western Cape as part of the access to justice program.

He briefed the media at the Philippi Magistrates Court on Monday about the departments R500 million plans to refurbish and build new court houses in the province.

Acting area court manager for the Wynberg cluster Nico Geldenhuys said a lack of infrastructure at the Philippi court house makes it difficult to provide adequate services in an area that desperately needs it.

"For July 2015, 2330 domestic violence cases were registered for the month of July alone so violence in this area is a huge problem."

Minister Masutha said, "We are looking at fast tracking our plans to work towards building a whole new court which is estimated at R250 million."

Two other new courts are planned in Goodwood and Plettenberg Bay.