Special World Cup courts kick off with 7 cases

The specialised World Cup courts have heard nine cases since they opened two weeks ago.

The specialised World Cup courts have heard nine cases since they opened two weeks ago.

Department of Justice spokesperson Tlali Tlali said a French national appeared in court for drunken driving, while two Zimbabweans were charged with possession of counterfeit merchandise in Limpopo.

"There were three cases of theft in Gauteng, one of drunk driving in KwaZulu-Natal, two of possession of counterfeit merchandise in Limpopo and one of a bomb threat and two of theft in the Western Cape," he said.

The French national will be back in court on Monday.

Of the three theft cases one involved the theft of a laptop, while the other two involved stealing foreign currency.

"The case of laptop theft was withdrawn because of a lack of evidence, while three suspects in the money theft case were released on bail," Tlali said.

Fifty-six court rooms have been established across the country to deal with World Cup-related offences at a cost of R2,2million.

The courts operate from 7.30am to 11pm, seven days a week. The staff includes 93 foreign language interpreters, 260 prosecutors, 110 magistrates and 110 Legal Aid Board lawyers.

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