E4 000 CABLE KEEPS MASTER S OFFICES DARK FOR SIX MONTHS
It’s been six months since the Manzini Master of the High Court offices have been without electricity, causing great inconvenience to most people seeking assistance there.
This comes after government’s failure to buy an electricity transmission cable, which was damaged.
The cable costs about E4 000. Ordinarily, the office of the Master of the High Court handles estates of deceased people by bringing together all their possessions and making sure they are distributed unbiased and according to the desires of the departed individual.
The cable at the Manzini Master’s offices was reportedly damaged around May but has not been fixed since then.
Ever since the cable was damaged, the officers at the centre have been working without power. This has somehow slowed down the work process at the offices which has led to public outcry.
Several beneficiaries from the deceased’s estates have been delayed from receiving their payments from the office following the electricity blackout.
“The blackout has resulted in the centre staff having to go to other government offices in the city to do some of their work (typing, photocopying and printing),” one of the staff told this publication.
The staff, who spoke to this publication on condition of anonymity, went on to add that at some point some of the digital work has to be ferried and done in other regional offices, including Nhlangano and Siteki.
On another note, widows from polygamous marriages are of the view that there should be more than one file for registering their claims, as they claim there is only one at the moment, which delays their claims.
They said when the other wife was processing her claim, the others are halted from pursuing same, as the file is taken to Mbabane.
Furthermore, some have questioned the safety of the file, as it is reportedly moved between the Manzini and Mbabane offices.
This publication understands that the matter was reported headquarters.
Efforts to discuss the matter with relevant stakeholders were futile. The Judicial Service Commission ( JSC) Secretary Banele Ngcamphalala has not responded to a questionnaire sent to her by the time of going for press.
Through a follow up call, Ngcamphalala acknowledged receipt of an email and to the Mbabane said she had forwarded it the Chief Justice Bheki Maphalala’s office, as it needed such authorisation.
She promised to respond before the end of business on Friday, stating that the latest would be Saturday (yesterday).
However, by yesterday, the JSC Secretary had still not responded until the time of going to print.
Boxes placed in one of the offices.
Some of the files scattered on the floor.
Some of offices. the people who came to get help at the dark
A van fully-loaded with corrugated iron sheets, which looked like they could fall anytime being driven past the High Accident Zone down Malagwane Hill yesterday.(