Mpumalanga High Court’s first sitting convicts killer of wife and mom-in-law

There are 32 civil matters that the court will finalise before the week ends.

A first sitting of the Mpumalanga High Court this week found guilty a Kabokweni man arrested in April 2018 for killing his wife and mom-in-law. 

Judge Francis Legodi who presided over the first criminal case in the newly built Mbombela court found Mhlolo Ngomane guilty of the murder.

The 44-year-old Ngomane killed the 39-year-old woman on 29 March 2018 during an argument at her home in Kabokweni. He then turned the gun on the wife’s 54-year-old mom before fleeing and going into hiding. 

Since his arrest on 4 April 2018 after a tip-off by community members Ngomane’s case went to the Kabokweni Magistrates Court. This week Monday, during the Mpumalanga High Court’s official start, the case concluded with Ngomane being found guilty.

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The court has 12 courtrooms, six of which will be used for civil cases and six for criminal ones, and its construction began in late 2013.

“This building will have men and women who are driven by mutual respect,” Judge Legodi, the President of the Mpumalanga High Court, said during the opening. 

“And [will also have men and women] who aim to serve with pride, compassion and dignity,” he said, adding the official opening will actually occur this year when President Cyril Ramaphosa comes to the Mpumalanga building. 

Premier Refilwe Mtshweni will declare the building in Mbombela a national key point. 

The event was attended by justice minister Michael Masutha, director-general Vusi Madonsela and other men and women of the law. 

“It is my dream that the president can announce this when he comes for the official opening later this year,” said Legodi. 

“It is with confidence that we can proudly say the beauty of the inside and outside of the building will be a true reflection of the inner and outside beauty of the people who work in it. They will know no status, prejudice or titles and will see one another as equals,” he said.

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Mpumalanga High Court to officially start operation 

This is described as a “historic occurrence” as now each province will be having it’s own high court.

The newly-built Mpumalanga High Court in Mbombela will start operating on Monday next week, the government has announced.

Judge Francis Legodi, being the President of the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court, will preside over the first sitting of the high court on 13 May 2019.

Now all nine of South Africa’s provinces have their own high courts. 

The TimesLive reports quotes the department of justice saying the permanent seats of the Mpumalanga division “signify a historic occurrence”.

“This will be the first time that every province will have its own provincial seat of the High Court,” it said. 

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Mpumalanga used to have its high court division in the Mbombela Magistrates Court. Now that is over. 

The construction of the building finished early this year, began in October 2013. It has 12 courtrooms.

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‘Nonsensical’ plan finds Mpumalanga High Court exit route

The route is the Samora Machel Drive and that’s where the Mpumalanga High Court will be accessed from.

A difficulty in finding a solution to where the entrance and exit route of the Mpumalanga High Court is reportedly delaying the completion of the building in Mbombela.

Local media reports that the decision on where the entrance and exit would be was only recently approved and that this has added a further two years to the period which the building was expected to be finished.

It will be accessed through the Samora Machel Drive when driving from Mbombela and exited by turning left back onto Samora Machel.

The drawing of the plan of the court having a structure without an entrance and exit route is criticised by construction engineers.

One engineer said it was not supposed to be approved for use in the first place as it was a ‘nonsensical plan’, having no entrance and exit routes.

Other people thought that it would be a good idea if the entrance was through the intersection at the entrance on Samora Machel Drive, or via the eHlanzeni FET college, and a flyover bridge was also considered to avert traffic.

The building is currently costing government R800 million to build.

Construction of these routes will begin once the public works and justice departments have provided the funds for constructors.

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