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Potchefstroom Magistrates’ Office temporarily evacuated after roof collapse

20 September 2022

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development can confirm that the Potchefstroom Magistrates’ Office has been temporarily evacuated in the wake of a roof collapse which occurred yesterday around 16h00. The collapsed roof affected the cash hall, offices used by officials who deal with child maintenance and the clerk of the civil court. No causalities have been recorded as the incident occurred after hours. 

The Department of Public Works as the custodian of the building, is currently making an assessment of the extent of the damage and will guide the Justice Department thereafter.

The Department will, after receiving the assessment report from the Public Works Department, make a determination on a date when the building can be reopened. Further announcements on the contingency plans will be made in due course after further stakeholder engagements.

The department apologises to the public for the inconvenience caused.

Issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

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