Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has reacted to the recent incident that saw the windows of the Constitutional Court building damaged. The incident took place in Braamfontein after a man used a hammer to attack the apex court’s building on Wednesday.
Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has called for tighter security at SA courts following the incident. Image: GCIS/ Flickr
Zondo satisfied with arrest in debacle
In a statement released to acknowledge the situation, Zondo says that he is satisfied the suspect was swiftly taken into custody.
“The Acting Chief Justice is satisfied with the report that security officials and the police were able to act swiftly to apprehend the suspect and prevent further damage to the building. However, he says that the incident must be viewed in a very serious light and urges all law enforcement agencies to do everything in their power to put proactive measures in place to avert similar attacks going forward.”
Calls raised for risk assessment following attack
However, Zondo has on behalf of the Judiciary called for an urgent investigation to assess any potential risks at key facilities.
“Further, that the Judiciary. appeals to all relevant organs of the state and functionaries responsible for state facilities and security services, to ensure a threat and risk based assessment of arrangements around critical court facilities and its important assets.”
Attack hasn’t hampered court’s work
Furthermore, Zondo clarified that the critical work carried out at the building has in no way been affected by the incident.
“It is necessary to mention that this incident does not in any way hamper the Justices and court staff members from performing their functions. However, due to such incident, the security of the Judiciary, and the supporting staff and the general court users, remains compromised and requires urgent attention.”
Additionally, the statement confirmed that no injuries had been sustained despite the violent nature of the incident.
“The Acting Chief Justice is advised that despite the damage to the court facility, no one was injured and the work to have the damage repaired has already commenced. It is trusted that the investigation by the law enforcement agencies will reveal the motive behind this incident.”