Department chops ‘crooked’ officials

2010-04-26 14:22

The Department of Home Affairs in Phuthaditjhaba, Free State, seems

to be on a mission to rid itself of fraud and corruption.

Last week, five employees of the department were dismissed after

they were found to have produced fraudulent birth certificates.

According to a source, the fraudulent documents were found on their

computer systems.

He said hearings were instituted in February, where the five were

found guilty of fraud and gross negligence.

They were served with letters of dismissal last week.

A manager at the regional office confirmed this but refused to


Two of the employees have denied the charges against them, citing

that the presiding officer did not afford them a fair hearing.

One claimed that she was not working for the department when the

fraudulent documents were produced.

She said when a union official representing her brought a letter of

appointment at the hearing it was not taken into consideration.

Another employee said she was on maternity leave at the time the

fraudulent documents were produced. She said she was not aware who had accessed

her (computer) system then. The department said it would look into the


It also said officials could be charged with gross negligence if

they deny knowledge of fraudulent documents found in their systems because they

are the only ones expected to have access.

The five officials are still working at the department, pending an

appeal hearing.


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