Construction on the new High Court for Mpumalanga, commenced in October 2013, in Mbombela with a budget of R600 Million.
Construction on the High Court for Mpumalanga building ended earlier in 2019 and the total costs were approximately R1,1 Billion. After much delay and a few missed deadlines, the High Court had its first sitting on Monday, 13 May 2019. The sitting was presided by Judge Francis Legodi, the President of the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court.
Mpumalanga used to have its High Court division in the Mbombela Magistrate’s Court. This beautiful new building consists of two areas, one for court procedures and one for administration. The court areas host 12 courtrooms, 6 for civil cases and 6 for criminal cases.
All the courtrooms were finished with kiaat and the artwork and furniture throughout the building were locally designed and manufactured. Access to specific courtrooms are granted to judges by fingerprint scanners for extra protection. The judges’ chambers are equipped with a separate room for their secretaries as well as their own bathrooms.
The building hosts five governmental departments: Family Court, Insolvency Court, Master of the High Court, the National Prosecuting Authority and Legal Aid. All nine South African Provinces now have their own High Courts.
With features like a playpen for children of members of the public who visit the court and a 180-degree view of the city from the roof, the High Court building of Mpumalanga can definitely be established as a landmark. Sources: eNCA, 013NEWS, Lowvelder and SABC News