Stinky toilet stops court proceedings in Otjiwarongo

07 Jan 2014 15:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 07 JAN (NAMPA) – Proceedings at the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court A had to be adjourned for almost an hour on Tuesday because of a foul smell emanating from the toilets for trial-awaiting prisoners in the same building.
Magistrate Helvi Shilemba adjourned her court for more than 40 minutes to allow some trial-awaiting prisoners, who were set to appear in court on Tuesday, to clean the smelly toilets.
The horrible smell had enveloped the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court A, forcing members of the public, court interpreters and police officers who attended the court proceedings, to complain to Shilemba.
Shilemba then called in the Control Magistrate for Otjiwarongo, Marilize Bosman to come witness the stinking toilets herself.
Bosman then instructed all trial-awaiting inmates to start cleaning the toilets immediately.
Bosman told Nampa afterwards that the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court is in the process of getting quotations to renovate the court buildings.
Head of Works in the Ministry of Works and Transport in Otjiwarongo, Anton Gerrit Cloete told this agency on enquiry Tuesday that his department was informed of three toilets for trial-awaiting inmates – both male and female – and a toilet for staff members at that court which are all broken.
“We are still waiting on our general suppliers here in Otjiwarongo to provide us with toilet materials to fix those four toilets,” Cloete said.