By Kgomotso Ramotsho
On 6 February a branch of the Labour Court (LC) and the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) was opened at the Limpopo Division of the High Court in Polokwane. In a press release, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said the branch is part of ongoing efforts to guarantee access to justice for all South Africans.
Section 156 of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 states that the LC and LAC has jurisdiction in all provinces of South Africa and, as such, the court has operated as a National Circuit since its establishment in 1996.
According to the press release, the LC has jurisdiction to adjudicate over cases referred from the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration and bargaining councils. Litigants also have direct access to the court, including appeals emanating from LC hearings.
The LC and LAC are headed by Judge President Basheer Wagley, while Judge Pule Lazarus Tlaletsi is the Deputy Judge President. Ten judges are appointed at the division and acting judges are appointed periodically to handle cases during recess periods.
Kgomotso Ramotsho Cert Journ (Boston) Cert Photography (Vega) is the news reporter at De Rebus.
This article was first published in De Rebus in 2017 (March) DR 4.