Home Affairs

2008-05-12 00:00

Without an identity document, the life of a citizen becomes extremely difficult. If someone else has it as a result of the actions of a corrupt official, the situation can be unbearable. And, with so many documents in the wrong hands, the viability of the state is at risk.

As a visit to the Department of Home Affairs is generally viewed with dread, last week’s news that 200 dishonest officials have recently been suspended or dismissed will have been received positively. This is the result of phase one of the department’s turnaround strategy that has identified main risk areas.

Home Affairs has been a shambles for years. The public will be reassured to hear that there is also a new operational structure with newly-filled posts and appropriate budgets. A success story at Home Affairs is urgently needed in the interests of both basic civil rights and national security.

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