The establishment of the High Court in Mpumalanga officially opened on Friday, 8 November 2019. This embodies the fulfilment of the ANC-led government's democratic commitment to ensure access to justice for all.
This is a milestone towards enhancing access to justice and will provide relief for Mpumalanga residents who will no longer be required to take long trips to Pretoria High Court for all serious criminal offences and civil claims.
The official opening of this High Court follows the commencement of its functioning in May this year. It is a four-storey building with 12 courtrooms: Five to be used for civil cases; and the other two will accommodate criminal cases.
Before the project was launched, Mpumalanga was the only province in South Africa without a High Court ... [Applause.] - 25 years into our democracy. As the ANC, we trust that the opening of this High Court will serve as a catalyst in our efforts to attract legal expertise back to the province. I thank you. [Applause.]