Chaos as burst water pipe floods PMB court

2014-07-22 00:00

A BURST water pipe caused chaos at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday morning.

The water gushed down just as members of the public and the court officials streamed into court. Everyone was ordered out for their safety. Court proceedings were delayed for a short time while the burst pipe was looked at.

Nomusa Langa, said: “We were told to be at court at 8 am. While we were sitting in court, an official asked everyone to leave as there was a water leak.”

She said others saw the humour in the situation, commenting: “It is raining cats and dogs in court; don’t go there.”

Court officials and members of the public patiently waited outside the court for about an hour while the problem was addressed. Cleaners were summoned to mop up the water and signs were put up, warning people that the floors were wet.

A court official, who declined to be named, said the building was cleared as a safety measure because it was not known of the leak would affect the electricity.

Department of Justice and Correctional Services spokesperson Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga said the leak resulted from a burst water pipe in the air-conditioner plant room.

Court proceedings resumed once the leak was fixed.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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