Home affairs facing fraud crisis

2009-07-07 07:30
Cape Town - Nearly 400 officials have been sacked for graft since 2007 in the home affairs department where a battle against the issuing of false documents has affected those travelling abroad.

Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Monday that 95 officials had been dismissed in the last three months alone for corrupt activities.

In a parliamentary reply to questions from the Democratic Alliance, the minister said the dismissals were from 784 complaints received between 2006 and 2008.

"A total of 186 officials were dismissed, and 86 have had sanctions imposed as a result of corrupt activities for 2007/08 financial year. In the 2008/9 financial year, 107 officials were dismissed, and 41 have had sanctions imposed as a result of corrupt activities," the minister said.

"As from 1 April 2009, until 11 June 2009, there have been 95 officials dismissed, due to their corrupt activities."

Sanctioned officials get final warning

The minister's spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said those who had sanctions placed against them had received a final warning.

Delivering a speech in parliament last week, Dlamini-Zuma admitted to huge challenges faced by the department, whose lax security led Britain to impose a visa requirement on all South Africans.

"The major issue of concern was the ease with which non-South African nationals could obtain South African passports," said local embassy spokesperson Russ Dixon in February.

Dlamini-Zuma said: "We have to act, and act decisively, to rid our department of this scourge. Fighting corruption will require the mobilisation of our nation."

"For us to succeed, we require a very strong hard working and honest team," she said, adding there were many posts that needed to be filled, a process hampered by economic constraints.
 

NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland
The craziest deaths of 2014

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

At last you are able to see the light. You are able to break through obstacles in an innovative and original way. Visualisation is...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.