Cases of debt continue to rise in PMB, despite national decline

2010-05-25 00:00

ALTHOUGH the number of civil judgments recorded for debt in South Africa during March 2010 fell 8,9% year on year, the number of civil cases for debt in Pietermaritzburg continued to rise in that month.

Pietermaritzburg recorded 2 312 cases in March 2010 compared with 1 807 cases in March 2009, reflecting a 28% year-on-year increase.

The number of cases in Pietermaritzburg in February 2010 grew 32,9% year on year to 2 069 from 1 557 cases in February 2009.

There were a total of 6 232 cases in Pietermaritzburg in the first quarter of 2010 compared with 5 077 cases in the first quarter of 2009.

The number of civil ca­ses recorded for debt in Durban during March 2010 registered a decline in year-on-year terms for the second consecutive month.

The number of cases in Durban in March 2010 was 6 898 compared with 7 604 cases in March 2009.

Statistics South Africa said the number of civil judgments recorded for debt in the first quarter of 2010 decreased by 2,2% year on year.

Nationally, 61 036 civil judgments for debt amounting to R642 million were recorded in March 2010.

“The largest contributors to the R642 million were money lent [34,4%], other debts [15,7%] and promissory notes and other acknow­ledgements of debt.”

Nationally, the total number of civil summonses recorded for debt decreased by 5,4% in March 2010 year on year.

In contrast, the total number of civil summonses recorded for debt increased by 3,1% in February 2010 compared with February 2009.

The total number of civil cases recorded for debt in Pietermaritzburg in 2009 increased 12,1% year on year to 21 618 and this trend has conti­nued into 2010.

Civil judgments are decisions ta­ken in a civil matter or a dispute between two parties.

Civil summonses are notices to appear before a court of law where a dispute between two parties or people has to be heard (that is, not for a criminal offence).

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