Probe into Polokwane court blaze complete

2012-10-24 20:33
(Picture: supplied)

(Picture: supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Polokwane - Forensic investigators have completed their probe into a fire at the Polokwane Magistrate's Court, Limpopo police said on Wednesday.

"The investigators will take whatever they collected from the scenes to Pretoria forensic laboratory to determine what caused the fire," spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said.

"So far, we cannot specify how long it will take."

The court was damaged by a fire on Friday morning. Several court cases had to be adjourned as the building was evacuated. The fire destroyed computers and court documents.

The justice department has said that R95 000 in cash, from bail and traffic fines, was retrieved from the court safe.

Department regional head Kholeka Sondi said cases and documents relating to maintenance were not destroyed.

"Some of the dockets were not destroyed because they were on the basement of the court; the dockets that have been affected were dockets that were before court on that day, but all the others were safe," Sondi said.

"The district court is not affected at all; it’s only the civil section."

The department would bring in mobile units to house some of the court's staff. Some of the cases would be sent to the Mankweng, Seshego, and Matlala Magistrate's Courts. Other work would be moved to the Polokwane High Court.

Speaking after a visit to the court on Wednesday, Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy Minister Andries Nel said a team had been set up to help the department reconstruct cases where documents were destroyed.

His department had already met lawyers in the area to solicit information on civil cases.

"We have gone all-out to make sure that service delivery is not affected. We are trying to limit the impact on service delivery, with the emphasis on those who are vulnerable in our society," Nel said.

Read more on:    andries nel  |  polokwane  |  fires

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Meet instagram star, Pumpkin the racoon

With 300 000 followers and growing Pumpkin is winning over the internet!



The cats that cost R35 000
Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy
13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly


Plant some seeds. Your innovative mind is on fire and your ingenious ideas may just be the seeds for future projects. You may more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.