Deputy minister of justice, Lidwina Ndeshimona Shapwa, has disclosed that the current backlog of traffic cases for the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court stands at plus or minus 97 000.
He said some of these might be with prosecutors and had not been cancelled yet while 1 500 cases or dockets are currently active on the court roll for traffic cases in Windhoek only, she said.
She has welcomed the provision of premises by the city for the erection of two courts in which hearings in traffic cases and those involving transgressions of municipal by-laws will be conducted.
The premise is situated at the corner of Sam Nujoma Drive and Bismarck Street and has been provided free of charge for use for a minimum of ten years.
“This is a milestone collaboration in bringing up to date the backlog experienced in traffic cases for the Magisterial District of Windhoek and in enhancing the enforcement of the traffic laws in Namibia,” said the minister.
She also said that her ministry has also completed the renovation project for this additional seat of the Windhoek Magistrate's Court.
The upgraded premises are the result of a joint collaboration between the City of Windhoek, the Ministry of Justice, the Office of the Judiciary, the Office of the Prosecutor-General and the Ministry of Works and Transport, she said.
“These premises now house two court rooms, a cash hall and administrative office block, and offices for the prosecutors, legal aid counsel and magistrates respectively.”
“With this new Court, the Magisterial District of Windhoek now uniquely has 3 courts: on Luderitz Street down town, on Mungunda Street in Katutura, and now the Traffic Court on Luderitz Street,” she added.
Shapwa has in the meantime rallied parliament to support her ministry’s bid that local authorities should not be selling land to the Ministry of Justice for court related services.
“A court adds value to a town's ability to attract investments, knowing that court houses offer other agency services for the other Offices/Ministries/Agencies, such as taxes, licences for vehicles, in addition to their own functions of maintenance etc,” she said.