Eshowe: Police probe regional courtroom fire, arson suspected

2012-11-23 00:00

ESHOWE police are waiting for a forensic report on the fire that gutted an office at the regional courtroom in Inkanyezi.

Eshowe cluster police spokesperson Captain Tienkie van Vuuren said yesterday a police forensics team from Pretoria had visited the site.

There was speculation that the fire, which occurred overnight on November 11, may have been aimed at destroying case dockets.

But Van Vuuren said: “It was not police dockets which were kept in the office. Only recording equipment used in the courts, and recordings [tapes] were burnt.”

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said police were investigating a case of arson, but that was standard procedure in the case of fires.

Police still seek a motive for the fire and no arrests have been made.

Inkanyezi complex, near King Dinizulu township, has a magistrate’s court as well as a regional court building.

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