cases in PMB down 38%

2011-08-19 00:00

THE number of civil cases for debt in Pietermaritzburg and South Africa declined significantly in June 2011 — confirming a trend that began in early 2010.

The number of cases recorded in Pietermaritzburg slowed to 1 325 in June 2011 from 2 148 in June 2010 — a 38,3% year-on-year decline.

The number of cases recorded in the city in May 2011 declined 32,5% year on year to 1 469, compared with 2 179 cases in May 2010.

The year-to-date figures for the city reflect a similar trend.

The number of cases in Pietermaritzburg for the first half of this year were 32% down compared with the first half of last year, at 8 499 cases.

Nationally the number of civil judgments recorded for debt declined 27,3% year on year to 45 128 cases in June .

In Durban the number of cases recorded dropped 28,7% year on year to 5 738 in June 2011.

Statistics South Africa said the main contributors to the national trend were the “money lent” and “goods sold” categories. — BE.

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