WARNING: Beware of fake court orders

By Drum Digital
03 February 2017

The Office of the Chief Justice has issued a warning to South Africans to be on the lookout for fake court orders.

The Office of the Chief Justice (OCJ) has issued a warning to South Africans to be on the lookout for fake court orders.

Nathi Ncube, chief director in court administration for OCJ, makes reference to fraudulent eviction orders that have been sent out in Rosettenville, Johannesburg.

Ncube says fraudulent court orders can be used for vast criminal activities and has listed what the public should look out for to identify the authenticity of a court order.

Those who are confronted with fake court orders are urged to report them to the registrar’s office at the court of issue and report the incident to the nearest police station.

  • The order will have the emblem of the Office of the Chief Justice affixed to the top of it, older orders will have the coat of arms emblem affixed to it.

  • It will state in which division the order was made, for example “in the High Court of South Africa, North West Division, Mafikeng”.

  • It will have the date it was issued.

  • It will state the name of the judge. For example, “Before the Honourable Mr Justice Mamogale”.

  • It will state the names of the plaintiff and defendant.

  • It will state the order given.

  • The date stamp of the court will be affixed.

  • The order will be signed by the registrar.

  • The court seal will be affixed to the order.

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