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Invitation to submit comments on the proposed Rationalisation of Magisterial Districts for the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces

06 April 2018

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv. Michael Masutha calls on members of the public to submit comments regarding the proposed rationalisation   of magisterial district for the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal Provinces. The notices with an intention to create districts and courts were published in the Government Gazette No. 41552 of 29 March 2018.

The rationalisation project seek to redress the legacy of the spatial injustices of the past and create a courts’ jurisdictional footprint which advances access to justice and  give effect to the purport of the National Development Plan. 

In terms of this project, magisterial districts are aligned to municipality boundaries as redrawn by the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB), whilst the areas of the jurisdiction of the divisions of the high court are aligned to provincial boundaries as determined in terms of the Constitution to the extent possible.

In the Eastern Cape Province, the notice seeks to establish 8 magisterial districts in respect of the one (2) Metropolitan Municipality and four (6) District Municipalities. The Notice further contemplates the establishment of 22 sub-districts for the 8 magisterial districts which are aligned to the local municipalities of each District Municipality.

In respect of the KwaZulu Natal Province the published Notice seeks to establish Eleven (11) magisterial districts in respect of the 1 Metropolitan municipality and Nine (9) District Municipalities established in the province. The Notice further contemplates that the establishment of 28 sub-districts for the 11 magisterial districts which are aligned to the local municipalities of each District Municipality.

The notice may be accessed on the departmental website: www.justice.gov.za. Members of the public have until 15 May 2018 to submit comments. Maps depicting the proposed areas of jurisdiction of the districts and sub-districts can also be accessed from the departmental website: www.justice.gov.za/maps/maps-ec-kzn.html

Interested parties or individuals may submit to:
The Director General: Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
Attention: Mr Makena Moagi: Deputy Director:  Court Services and Policy Development
Street Address: East Tower, Room 1510, Momentum Building, 329 Pretorius Street, Pretoria, RSA
Postal Address: Private Bag X 81, Pretoria, 0001, RSA
Tel: (012) 315 1767
Email: Makmoagi@justice.gov.za

Enquiries:
Mr Makena Moagi: Deputy Director:  Court Services and Policy Development
Tel: 082 552 6331/ (012) 315 1767
Email: Makmoagi@justice.gov.za