Systems down: Courts face backlog crisis as justice dept ransomware hack bites

accreditation
Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
A general view of a Magistrates Court in Roodepoort.
A general view of a Magistrates Court in Roodepoort.
Photo by Gallo Images/Papi Morake

Vital systems at magistrate's courts across the country have been forced offline by hackers, as the after-effects of the cyber-attack, which targeted the Department of Justice three weeks ago, begin to manifest and threaten to cripple the criminal justice system. 

Two prosecutors, who spoke to News24 on condition of anonymity, said the dropping of their email system made communication impossible.

Support independent journalism
Subscribe to News24 for just R75 per month to read all our investigative and in-depth journalism. You can cancel any time.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Facebook is facing a fresh crisis after a former employee turned whistle-blower leaked internal company research. Do you still use Facebook?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, the benefits outweigh the risk for me
32% - 1882 votes
No, I have deleted it
38% - 2216 votes
Yes, but I am considering deleting it
30% - 1745 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
14.51
+1.7%
Rand - Pound
19.88
-0.0%
Rand - Euro
16.83
-0.0%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.77
-0.0%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.0%
Gold
1,767.60
0.0%
Silver
23.31
0.0%
Palladium
2,075.53
0.0%
Platinum
1,059.00
0.0%
Brent Crude
84.86
+1.0%
Top 40
60,494
+0.2%
All Share
67,029
+0.3%
Resource 10
64,347
-0.1%
Industrial 25
84,819
+0.7%
Financial 15
13,961
-0.3%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE