SWIFTER JUSTICE

MORE than 50 special courts have been set up countrywide to deal with cases of crime related to the forthcoming Fifa World Cup.

MORE than 50 special courts have been set up countrywide to deal with cases of crime related to the forthcoming Fifa World Cup.

A sum of R45 million will be spent on 54 special courts in all nine provinces to try those charged with offences relating to the tournament. About 22 of the courts will be in Gauteng - the only province that has two World Cup sites, Soccer City and Ellis Park.

They will be spread across Pretoria, Atteridgeville, Johannesburg, Jeppestown, Kempton Park, Randburg and Protea in Soweto.

However, there will be no mobile courts around or near the stadium but alleged offenders will first be processed at nearest police stations before being taken to court.

The special courts will start operating from this week - about two weeks before the June 11 kick off - and will remain open for an extra week after the final whistle on July 11.

At least 93 foreign language interpreters, 35 para-legals and 1140 officials will be deployed to these courts. Each court will be opened for 16 hours a day.

"The intention is to avoid burdening our existing court rolls with the Fifa tournament cases.

"We appreciate and took into account the fact that this is a unique situation that attracts tourists from all over the globe and there could be challenges," said Justice Ministry spokesperson Tlali Tlali in a statement.

There will also be six other courts in the Nelson Mandela Metro in Eastern Cape and all will be based in Port Elizabeth.

In Limpopo, there will be seven courts based in Musina, Polokwane and Phalaborwa while KwaZulu-Natal will have three courts, all based in Durban.

There will also be four courts in the Mpumalanga towns of Nelspruit and Nsikazi as well as some in Mogwatse and Rustenburg in North West.

All three Free State courts will operate from Bloemfontein while those in Western Cape have been spread between Cape Town, Khayelitsha and Durbanville. Two other courts will be in Kimberley in Northern Cape.

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