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Cape Town - The total number of civil summonses issued for debt decreased by 13.4% in the first quarter of 2016 compared with the first quarter of 2015, Statistics South Africa announced on Thursday.

The total number of civil judgments recorded for debt fell by 11.2% and the total value of the judgments slipped by 5.8%

The largest contributions to the 13.4% drop were civil summonses relating to money lent (contributing -7.6 percentage points);  ‘other’ debts (contributing -3.1 percentage points); and services (contributing -1.3 percentage points).

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