Officers mob Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga, congratulating him after he ordered the shut down and evacuation of staff from the department of correctional services' Poyntons Building in Pretoria CBD. Picture: Jonisayi Maromo / ANA

Cape Town - Justice Minister Michael Masutha on Wednesday said he would go to court to challenge Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga's decision to shut down the Poynton Building which houses department's Pretoria headquarters for safety reasons.

"The minister of justice and correctional services will have no option but to approach the courts on an urgent basis to challenge Councillor Msimanga's decision," the department said.

Msimanga on Wednesday morning announced that nobody would be allowed into the building "until such time that all regulations are adhered to".

Masutha said Msimanga should have considered "the dire consequences of shutting down the nerve centre" of the justice department.

African News Agency (ANA)