President Cyril Ramaphosa officially opens Mpumalanga High Court

President Cyril Ramaphosa officially opens Mpumalanga High Court

- President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially opened the Mpumalanga High Court

- The politician led proceedings to launch the opening ceremony in Nelspruit on Friday

- Despite the jovial mood, the building has already gained a questionable reputation

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President Cyril Ramaphosa cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the Mpumalanga High Court on Friday.

The newly-built court in the province's capital, Nelspruit, was erected in a bid to meet the Superior Courts Act of 2013, which calls for a High Court division in all South African provinces.

The Presidency noted the occasion as a historic occurrence, with a statement commenting:

"The Mpumalanga High Court was proclaimed on 1 May 2019 with Mbombela as the main seat and Middelburg as the local seat. These permanent seats signify a historic occurrence, as Mpumalanga is the last province to get its own provincial seat of the High Court."

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Justice Minister Ronald Lamola and Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane joined Ramaphosa in opening the building, ending Mpumalanga's time as the only province without a High Court.

Despite the festive mood during the occasion, the High Court has already been marred in controversy.

SAFM reports that the completion of the building had been delayed by three years, coming in around R1 billion over budget.

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