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Minister Masutha to officially launch Court-Annexed Mediation in Mahikeng

12 February 2015

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Advocate Michael Masutha, MP, will officially launch the Court-Annexed Mediation in Montshioa Stadt Village, Mahikeng on Monday, 16 February 2015.

The mediation service provides an alternative dispute resolution mechanism which allows for a negotiated settlement between involved parties and alleviates the huge litigation costs.

When there is a dispute between parties, a mediator will facilitate discussions between them, assist in identifying issues and explore areas of compromise at a cheaper and fixed tariff. Examples of disputes to be dealt with include contractual claims, motor vehicle collision and other damages claims, neighborhood and family disputes.

The introduction of the mediation service in courts is part of the Department’s commitment to transform the civil justice system and broaden access to justice services.

This official launch will be followed by Imbizo, where members of the community will interact with the Minister on justice related matters.

The launch event is scheduled as follows:

Date:      16 February 2015
Time:     10H00
Venue:    Barolong Community Hall, Montshioa Stadt Village, Mahikeng

The Imbizo event is as follows:

Date:      16 February 2015
Time:     13H00
Venue:    Barolong Community Hall, Montshioa Stadt Village, Mahikeng  

For media confirmations contact Andile Tshona (082 407 1143 / ATshona@justice.gov.za) or Solly Mahlangu (061 039 9363 / SoMahlangu@justice.gov.za).

Enquiries:
Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services
0836418141
Mediaenquiries@justice.gov.za