We were invited by the DoJCD to attend and participate in an Imbizo held in Palm Ridge, Alberton, Gauteng to celebrate the opening of the new Palm Ridge Magistrates Court on 7 August 2012.
We arrived in Palm Ridge at 7:30 am on Tuesday morning 7 August 2012 where we were met by Mr Victor Phala the organizer of exhibitions for the event. He informed us that we would setup our display table in the community hall adjacent to the new Palm Ridge Magistrate Court. The new Court was a massive 4 storey building which was like no other court built in its history.
Other stakeholders such as Correctional Services, the National Prosecuting Authority, Child & Maintenance Services, Police services and the Masters were also in attendance. They had also setup tables displaying their banners, pamphlets and information leaflets.
We were engaged by the public who visited our tables and asked questions and information in respect of the role of the sheriff and what their rights are. They found it very enlightening and for any questions that we could not answer we referred them to the relevant stakeholders who could assist.
The Minister of Justice and his entourage of dignitaries arrived at the community hall adjacent to the Palm Ridge Court at 12:30 am, after they had visited and officially opened the new Magistrates court.
By this time the Hall was filled with members of the community, the elderly and the youth.
The Speeches were delivered by the guest speakers in the Community Hall.
The speakers were:
The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development
Also in attendance was the Deputy Director General of Court Services, Advocate S Jiyane. Advocate JB Skosana, Gauteng Regional
Head, Emily Dhlamini, Chairperson of the Legal Aid Board and many other dignitaries.
After the speeches the floor was opened to the public to ask questions to the Minister and the heads of departments who were in
attendance. The public was very pleased to be afforded this opportunity to have their issues addressed directly.
The Imbizo was a great success and after all the formalities were dispensed with at 2:30pm the public was served lunch.