30 days to deal with state cases

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pretoria - All court judgments against the state involving money will be complied with within 30 days, government spokesman Themba Maseko said on Wednesday.

"What this meant was that members of the public would now be able to institute proceedings that would amount to the attachment of state property in a case where the court had taken a decision granting the payment of money against the state," said Maseko.

This decision followed the Constitutional Court judgment which declared section three of the State Liability Act invalid.

On the issue of the AIDS mortality statistics, Maseko said the Departments of Health, Home Affairs and Statistics South Africa would meet to iron this out. "Cabinet has requested that they all meet to urgently look at this."

Moving on to the proposed 45 percent increase in power tariffs every year for the next three years, Maseko said government was looking at ways to help power utility Eskom bridge its funding gap.

"Government is looking at interventions to reduce the hikes while at the same time ensuring Eskom meets its obligations," said Maseko.

Meanwhile, he announced that South African National Defence Force (SANDF) officials will be deployed to all borders of South Africa, in support of the police to help curb crime.

"We believe that SANDF has the capabilities to help deal with the crimes committed at the borderlines."