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Ritchie to Hold Periodical Court

January 30, 2020

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

30 January 2020

Ritchie has been appointed as a place for the holding of a periodical court within the magisterial district of Francis Baard.

The justice and constitutional development department announced the appointment in Government Gazette 42976.

Ritchie is a small town situated 40 kilometres south of Kimberley on the north bank of the Riet River in the Northern Cape.

According to the notice, the local limits of the district of Francis Baard are prescribed as the local limits within which the periodical court shall have jurisdiction.

Periodical courts are itinerant courts, each presided over by a judge of the provincial division, that periodically conduct hearings at remote areas outside the seat of the high court designated by the judge president of the provincial division concerned.

The appointment comes into effect on 3 February 2020.

Meanwhile, the deputy minister of justice and constitutional development, John Jeffery, has emphasized that implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) to Combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance cannot be implemented without the active participation of, and cooperation from, government departments.

The deputy minister was speaking at the National Consultative Workshop on the NAP held in Centurion.

Cabinet approved the NAP in 2019.

According to an earlier statement by the department, the NAP contains a “targeted set of actions, interventions, measures and timeframes, with a proposed governance structure for the implementation of the NAP, as well as clear monitoring and evaluation arrangements and a reporting framework”.

It is designed to prevent and combat racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and other discriminatory conduct and forms of prejudice that have been occurring in South Africa.

In his address, the deputy minister declared that the “NAP is a Cabinet-mandated directive and all of us here today need to ensure that key government departments know exactly what is expected of them and what further steps need to be taken to ensure that the NAP becomes part and parcel of key departments’ core functions”.

He also called on departments to “view the proposed implementation steps against their own mandates and their APPs”.