Polokwane court roof collapses from fire

2012-10-19 12:00

Polokwane - The roof of the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court collapsed following a huge fire on Friday.

A witness who works close to the court building, Humbelani Tshikumaana, told News24 that it looked as if the “whole building is down now”.

Tshikumaana said some of the awaiting trial prisoners had been evacuated from the court holding cells, but it was unclear if all of them had been evacuated.

Emergency workers treated people for smoke inhalation.

Reports said that it appeared as if the fire began in one of the magistrate’s offices but this could not yet be confirmed.

Two big cases were set to be heard at the court on Friday - that of an ANC politician alleged to have raped a 19-year old woman, and 12 suspects accused of being involved in a rhino poaching syndicate.

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  • nyiko.ngobeni.5011 - 2012-10-19 12:05


      ismaeel.majiet.96 - 2012-10-19 12:17

      ANC?? more like it

      ophelia.louw - 2012-10-19 12:56

      did the article say anything about Malema? just cause its in Polokwane yal assume Malema is involved, like he is the only person thats from Polokwane

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-19 13:14

      Ophelia... he is supposed to have his case heard there. If the next story is "Malema Dockets lost in fire" then you know something fishy is going on.

      Amandlawhereto - 2012-10-19 13:43

      No, but On Point engineering/Ratanang Trust will probably be awarded the contract to rebuild it!

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-10-19 12:07

    ask malema.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-19 12:11

    My money is on the 12 poachers looking to escape.

      ismaeel.majiet.96 - 2012-10-19 12:18

      Mine is on the ANC

      Desilusionada - 2012-10-19 12:31

      Defence: "Your Honour, my client saw this hot chick and... Prosecution: (interrupts) "Objection your Honour, there is no such a thing as a 'Hot Chick' Defence: "In fact your Honour, there is. I have subpoenaed her. She is really 'Hot', Your Honour" Judge: "Call the witness. I want to see this......... PS. With apology to all the ladies out there.

      philani.goba - 2012-10-19 12:58

      Desilus.. - you should apologise to all of us..what a lame joke

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-19 13:19

      Hahahaha!!!! Mr Kcopah that was classic

  • katelicious.mamosadi - 2012-10-19 12:11

    plz leave malema its not him

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-19 12:19

      Malema is a thief!

      khumbudzo.budeli - 2012-10-19 12:25

      Hw do u knw

      fenju.f.ii - 2012-10-19 12:36

      Thers No proof of wt u saying. It implyies like it myt b Him!

      fenju.f.ii - 2012-10-19 12:36

      Thers No proof of wt u saying. It implyies like it myt b Him!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-19 13:19

      Saint Malema can do not wrong in some deluded people's eyes. What a shame.

  • johanes.ntoagae - 2012-10-19 12:13

    wat a mess,,ge ele mehlolo gaya fela ka bo moshe re satlo e bona,,but it is not juju,,

  • michael.deyzel.1 - 2012-10-19 12:19

    Yes, but how many lawyers perished?

  • brandon.gouveris - 2012-10-19 12:19

    Doesn't look like they are in any hurry to put the fire out. Just saying!!

      luke.dekoker - 2012-10-19 13:30

      Yep!! Where are All the fire engines they bought in 2010??

  • fnxusani - 2012-10-19 12:34

    Its not the court which juju 'fatboy' malema is going to be sentenced next year!!one of my suspect is him and the hooligans of the ANCYL trying to make this country ungovernable!!!

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-10-19 12:35


  • murray.copeland - 2012-10-19 12:40

    Tenderpreneur's are now licking their lips..

  • narwahl.fortune - 2012-10-19 12:46

    Run free criminals, the evidence went up in smoke including the case files.

  • helmut.smrz - 2012-10-19 12:47

    No surprice

  • Thembane.wa.Mahlaza - 2012-10-19 12:52

    Anti-Zuma group too SATANIC.

      Touchy More - 2012-10-19 12:58

      I don't fink Zuma will appreciate a thrash like this!

      J.A.Rademan - 2012-10-19 16:16

      How can Satan not want Satanic groups.??

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-10-19 12:54

    Can i blame Malema?? ...Were is DA?? Lets Blmae malema...hehehe am jst saying***

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-19 12:54

    "Another" limpoopoo ancyl trenderpreneur deal? nxa and just as the fat criminal is over inciting ways for killing whites and stealing land all while harassing zanu-pf members in Zim.

  • frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-19 12:56

    Any bets that the Malema files also went up in smoke in the fire?

  • janefrancis.hey - 2012-10-19 13:09

    ANC politician alleged to have raped a 19-year old woman, and 12 suspects accused of being involved in a rhino poaching syndicate. - obvious who started this to get rid of evidence. Remember our dockets are still written out....

  • magodim - 2012-10-19 13:12

    Am afraid everything is just getting way out of hand here!!

  • sancho.cumbi - 2012-10-19 13:27

    this is what happens if you try and Judge Malema... I am just saying! lol. (on a serious note, hope no one got injured)

  • fran.aphane - 2012-10-19 13:43

    Julius Malema's people are burning the building down hoping to destroy the dockets for his corruption case. Lol

  • aj.oosthuizen.7 - 2012-10-19 14:03

    Is it just me, or does buildings always collapse at the the fire department in the city that bad? Or could they have been told not to stop it, hmmm, the conspiracies... This is a high profile building and should have been extinguished as soon as the fire started....

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-19 14:38

    Now the "insiders" can remove case files for their paying friends and just said that it was in those offices.

  • tebogo.noria - 2012-10-19 14:54

    Limpopo is full of miracles,out of all the years how come this building collapse today?or somebody set fire so that the dockets can be destroyed.limpopo ur a shame no wonder what is next.

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