Tshwane exposing residents - DA
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.