The Durban Magistrate’s Court will be closed Monday and Tuesday so that it can be disinfected.
According to Chrispin Phiri, spokesman for the Department of Justice and Correctional Services, the Department of Health is investigating a possible Covid-19 case involving a court employee.
“The case was reported on Friday and all other court personnel and legal officers who came into contact with the person were identified and underwent testing. They are now in self-isolation. ”
Phiri said the courthouse will undergo a thorough disinfection process and be open again on Wednesday. Matters that would be heard in the Magistrate’s Court on Monday and Tuesday will now be heard in the regional and district court, which is located in the municipal court in Somtseuweg.
“As far as new criminal matters are concerned, arrangements have been made and magistrates, prosecutors, interpreters and clerks of the court have been requested to check these cases at the various police stations in the area, usually served by this magistrate’s court.”
According to Phiri, urgent cases regarding domestic violence and applications for protection orders will also be dealt with at the municipal court on Monday and Tuesday.