Shortage a concern

2015-10-21 06:00
HENK BOSHOFF, the provincial commissioner of the Free State.
Mlungisi Louw

HENK BOSHOFF, the provincial commissioner of the Free State. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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THERE is a shortage of staff at the Maseru Bridge Border Post, the service delivery inspection done by Commissioner Henk Boshoff of the Public Service Commission (PSC) in the Free State has revealed.

Boshoff and his team conducted the service delivery inspection at the Maseru port of entry ealier this month following allegations from the public of a shortage of staff, taxi violence, human trafficking, stock theft, a motor vehicle syndicate and drug trafficking – among others.

“Basically, our inspection focused on these four key areas: allegations of corruption, shortage of staff, illegal crossing and shortage of equipment. There were other issues that came up during our Qandamp;A session with all the relevant stakeholders,” said Boshoff.

“With regard to corruption, all the stakeholders acknowledged that there were indeed allegations of corruption at the Maseru Bridge Border Post. They responded to our questions honestly and we are happy with the way things have panned out,” he said.

Boshoff said part of the inspection was to establish how the stakeholders handled such allegations.

“They have indicated to us that all of these allegations are being handled in terms of the disciplinary procedures of the relevant department. Criminal cases are also opened. These processes run concurrently,” he said.

Boshoff further said that the CCTV cameras that were supposed to monitor the conduct of the officials, dealing directly with the client where they assumed there were issues of corruption taking place, were being operated at the Sars offices in Bloemfontein.

“Our concern is that we are not sure whether that control room is properly staffed. We also don’t know whether the conduct of the officials sitting at the counters are being monitored by whoever is manning the control station,” said Boshoff.

“Apparently the process of getting access to the footage is only initiated if the incident is reported. That is a serious concern,” he added.

The inspection had further revealed that there was an illegal crossing at the river near the border post.

Based on their findings, Boshoff said his organisation was going to compile a report and make recommendations to relevant stakeholders

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