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Directions to Combat COVID-19 in Courts Drawn Up

July 20, 2021

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Directions to combat Covid-19 in courts, court houses and justice service points have been drawn up.

The justice and constitutional development department published the Directions in Government Gazette 44868 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

The Directions apply for any Adjusted Alert Levels that may be declared.

The Directions focus on, inter alia, restriction of services and access to court room, court house or justice service point; criminal cases and related matters; use of audiovisual links in other matters; compilation of priority and separate rolls; special measures in respect of cases arising from public violence or public disorder; interpreters; resolution of disputes; sanitization of equipment and surfaces and disinfection of court room, court house or justice service point.

The Directions came into effect on the date of publication.

In Gazette 44860, the department published an amendment to the Terms of Reference of the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector Including Organs of State.

The Commission will now submit its report and recommendations to president Ramaphosa within three months from 1 July 2021.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the department invites Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) identified victims to apply for Basic and Higher Education Study Assistance programmes.

Beneficiaries must not have a household gross income greater than R209, 468.00 per annum.

“Assistance is at this stage only limited for grade 1 –12 in respect of basic education and attainment of an Undergraduate Qualifications in respect of higher education.”

Applications are invited until 30 November 2021.