Minister Radebe launches the Camperdown Small Claims Court in Durban
Speaking at the launch of the Camperdown Small Claims Court in Durban today, 05 December 2013, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr Jeff Radebe urged community members of Mkhambathini, Kwanyuswa, Hammersdale, Mpumalanga and Inchanga and the surrounding areas to utilise the small Claims Court to settle their minor civil disputes.
In his address, Minister Radebe said Small Claims Courts play a significant role towards fulfilling the promise that the rule of law will reign supreme everywhere in our country. Small Claims Courts are used to settle minor civil disputes and claims between conflicting parties without representation by an attorney in an informal manner.
“We encourage all our people to utilise these services to resolve any civil conflict where the monies involved are less than R12 000. We are launching these Small Claims Courts throughout the country because we believe that justice must not be a matter for the rich’”, said the Minister.
The launch of the Camperdown Small Claims Court is part of the department’s broader efforts to bring justice services closer to the people and endeavor to have these types of courts in every magisterial district.
Since its launch in August this year, the Camperdown Small Claims Court has already received 42 cases and sits every Tuesdays and Thursdays evening.
Minister further said that currently there are 284 Small Claims Courts and the plan is to have these courts in every magistrate district courts nationally. He said additional Courts are being established on a continuous basis.
Later today, Minister Radebe will honour the Commissioners who volunteered their time to preside over Small Claims Court matters at no cost to the department. Nationally, there are 1610 Commissioners, of which 1 366 are male and 244 are female. Of the total of 284 Small Claims Courts nationally, 37 of those are based in KwaZulu-Natal. He said that the commissioners, who are lawyers, magistrates and judges, both practising and retired professionals who have worked for more than five years, work after office hours to ensure the civil cases are attended to.
Shortly after the launch, the Minister had a public participation where he engaged the community on
justice related issues.
Issued by the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Development
Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga
Spokesperson for the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
05 December 2013