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Tshwane exposing residents - DA

2012-04-20 22:06

Pretoria - The Tshwane metro municipality is neglecting to keep residents' sensitive documents safe from possible racketeers, the DA claimed on Friday.

Large quantities of discarded documents containing residents' details had been left unattended at the metro police offices in Winternest, north of Pretoria, said Councillor Marnette Sutherland.

"Leaving the documents in the open creates an opportunity for any racketeer to use sensitive information of residents and individuals," she said.

However, Tshwane metro police spokesperson Console Tleane denied the allegation and said the Democratic Alliance was trying to score "cheap political points".

Sutherland said the completed forms included contact details such as identity numbers.

She said there were hundreds of discarded drivers' licence applications and renewals stuffed into about 80 bags on the porch of the metro police's offices.

She had inspected some of the documents, taking photographs as security guards watched her "without batting an eyelid".

Tleane said the municipality had sourced a service provider who was shredding the discarded documents free of charge.

"The process is being done giving full regard to the legislation that governs the safekeeping and ultimate destruction of documents held by the state after a period of time," he said.

He said it was "disturbing" how the DA had gained access to the storage rooms.

Tleane said no personal identification documents were being lost or misused during the ongoing process.

Comments
  • Msika - 2012-04-20 22:12

    Marnette Sunderland must get a life.

      Dave - 2012-04-20 22:22

      How would you like it if some criminal had access to your personal details?

      Msika - 2012-04-20 22:42

      Na she's probably bored and obviously have nothing productive to do or trying to score cheap politica points as stated in the article. There are serious issues that the DA shuld be challenging the ruling party on, like the e-toll issue, I have not heard much frm DA regarding this. All I here Afriforum, FFP trying to do something against e-toll.

      Christelle - 2012-04-20 23:11

      Msika, the DA would never have enough people to take the ruling party on every single thing the screw up on. And believe me, confidential information is a very serious issue - considering the amount of criminal activity in our country!

      Press - 2012-04-20 23:32

      Misika you have not: * bothered to answer Dave * provided any factual information to prove that the councillor is bored * not declared the findings of your research that proves she is not busy with numerous other matters as you allege * not declared your extensive experience in council matters In view thereof that you seem to be sustaining your attack on the councillor - i am anxiously awaiting your responses . . . . or alternatively admit that you are an opinionless idiot . . .

      Piet - 2012-04-20 23:57

      Msika my dear keep on voting for the ANC, then oneday you can tell your grand children how you helped destroy rhe most prosperous country in Africa....

      tobydt - 2012-04-21 02:29

      Actually, "dumpster diving" is the No. 1 source of hackers/phishers.

      John - 2012-04-21 06:40

      @Press, Msika is a Senior Software Test Analyst at Vodacom, makes you wonder how safe your info is there.

      Karl - 2012-04-21 07:02

      Marnette is crazy,she should be charged for intruding,trying to make news from false informatin....damn!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-21 07:59

      @John, Msika's position explains why Vodacom is so poor at service delivery

      Nico - 2012-04-21 08:43

      I have come to the conclusion that ANC voters cannot think ""out of the box"".

      pws69 - 2012-04-21 09:27

      like I said below: Every time the DA expose ANC incompetence, corruption, or nepotism the ANC claim "cheap political points". It looks to me like "cheap political points" is an admission that they are indeed guilty, and have no other explanation to give. Thanks for proving le right.

      Gieljam - 2012-04-21 10:16

      Its miss placed comments like yours that makes one think does readers really understand what they are reading to make an analytical informed comment ? Your finding and answer would have scored you an -0 as an ordinary 0 is a positive number and that's already high.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-21 10:39

      I see Msika still has not answered the questions. Is this because he has no basis for his argument? Or perhaps he's just a bag of wind. In my opinion, it's probably both. No? Then answer the questions!

      Thapelo - 2012-04-21 14:47

      @dave you agree information bill is need to limit personal information. doomheaded

      bluzulu - 2012-04-21 16:16

      More nasty DA politicking, Wonder why they will never get my vote, if I ever vote.

  • Tanie - 2012-04-20 22:27

    And we are leaving with the Nigerians who are more intelligent than us. Hope they do not get access to my details.

      Tanie - 2012-04-20 22:29

      Criminal is the word I wanted to use not intelligent,never..

  • Godfrey - 2012-04-20 23:30

    Tleane said the municipality had sourced a service provider who was shredding the discarded documents free of charge. LOL...free of charge, not in our lifetime, under the ANC everything is inflated to cover "kick-backs".

  • Burtfred - 2012-04-21 03:22

    Why would a supplier offer to shred the documents "free of charge"? Because they know the value of the documents and won't actually be shredding them at all - they'll be selling the info to criminals.

      Oscar - 2012-04-21 04:07

      Exactly, I would like to see Console Tleane proving his "free of charge" statement....and giving the un-shredded paper to a recycling company is against legislation.

      Alf - 2012-04-21 07:27

      If that firm really exists we may find the documents being sold off instead of being shredded. The company probably told the Municipality they would dispose of the documents and the Console interprets that as meaning they will be shredded.

  • Blip - 2012-04-21 05:56

    This is not "cheap political points" but rather clear evidence of slack standards which could lead to innocent people suffering very serious financial harm. Any decent opposition is duty-bound to bring this ineptitude to the public's attention. Fortunately SA has one decent opposition party.

      Sharon - 2012-04-21 08:44

      Identity theft does massive damage to the victim's reputation and credit worthiness. A fellow tried to buy our house but could not get a loan because of this. If someone steals an item it can be replaced, but the consequences of identity theft could take years to rectify.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-21 07:49

    Nobody does anything for nothing - check the company and see what they're doing with the documents.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-21 08:34

    The reasons that the Tshwane Municipality is so incompetent is because it's employees have the same out look on life as Msika.....useless... and lack education, have no knowledge on how an orderly system is a godsend to keep the department free from negligence....Msika will brand me as a racist( which is always the case when the truth is told).

  • Alan - 2012-04-21 08:46

    Marnette Southerland is only doing her job, that is exposing what incompetent,illiterate and usless the anc and it's departments are !!

  • Johann - 2012-04-21 08:54

    I Afana I kou jonke umfenejane clever incakulu

  • pws69 - 2012-04-21 09:25

    Every time the DA expose ANC incompetence, corruption, or nepotism the ANC claim "cheap political points". It looks to me like "cheap political points" is an admission that they are indeed guilty, and have no other explanation to give.

      michelle.kirsten - 2012-04-21 09:51

      The fact that the DA is NOT the ANC already scores them points at this time in SA history it seems...

      scaztanza - 2012-04-21 10:33

      Trust me we do need opposition as loud as the DA! I work for the government and I know exactly how we disregard our duties and responsibilities! Somebody has to be the scapegoat always! This what happens when you give an imbecile a high ranking job.

      scaztanza - 2012-04-21 10:33

      Trust me we do need opposition as loud as the DA! I work for the government and I know exactly how we disregard our duties and responsibilities! Somebody has to be the scapegoat always! This what happens when you give an imbecile a high ranking job.

  • pws69 - 2012-04-21 09:27

    "The process is being done giving full regard to the legislation that governs the safekeeping and ultimate destruction of documents held by the state after a period of time," he said. Leaving these sensitive documents outside on a PORCH unattended is within safekeeping legislation? Gees, have you even read the legislation?

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-21 10:33

    Sue them! Every piece of paper that leaves this house is shredded - we have identity thieves lurking everywhere. Government is very casual about people's security, safety and their lives. They must be brought to book.

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-21 10:56

    denial, denial, denial what's new?.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-21 13:14

    Stop paying them and stop whining about everything too.

  • Pt - 2012-04-21 21:57

    Why is it that every time the DA identifies a problem or shortcoming in govt the ANC shout "trying to score "cheap political points". Surely a good Govt would rather fix the problems. Again a case of shooting the messenger. SA will never progress while this attitude persists And yet the masses (voting majority) seem happy with this sceneiro, Something I will never understand.

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