Home affairs official fired over bribe

2013-06-07 12:18

Cape Town - A security chief at the home affairs department refugee centre in Cape Town has been removed from his post for alleged corruption, the Cape Argus reported on Friday.

Home affairs department provincial head Yusuf Simons, reportedly said the head of the Customs House refugee centre was being investigated.

He said a home affairs supervisor allegedly saw the security official in question taking a bribe.

Many refugees had reportedly complained that security staff demanded cash in return for helping them make progress in the queue.

The newspaper previously reported that many were forced to sleep outside to have a chance of getting to the front of the queue.

Simons said the centre was in the process of making new arrangements for refugees applying for extensions and had appointed more staff.

"We decided last week that instead of just extending asylum seeker permits, we also want to start finalising cases sooner," Simons told the newspaper.

"We have scheduled more interviews with asylum seekers as a result."

  • Shirley Stee - 2013-06-07 12:29

    No biggy! Thats basically what you have to do to get ANYTHING from ANY department in South Africa-police,home affairs,licence department-the list is endless! Its par for the course!

      Foc Us - 2013-06-07 12:38

      The ONLY solution for corruption is to throw BOTH the briber and the bribee's sorry a$$es in jail!!! Do not fire ... do not suspend .... JAIL TIME!! Let bubba and his mates be the deterent!!

      James Whood - 2013-06-07 12:50

      Home affairs? I beg to differ. New passport - 3 days. From application to holding it in my grubby paw. Give credit where credit is due

      Nhamo Dzenyika - 2013-06-07 12:58

      Poor guy, he got caught. This is the order of the day in our society.

      Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-06-07 13:13

      If public officials were paid more, corruption would not be an option

      Joe Zwarts - 2013-06-07 13:59

      @Bafana.Ndlovu- what you get paid has nothing to do with taking a bribe. the main reason why corruption is rife in SA is because the ANC top brass has set the standard and therefore every one things its the normal way of doing business. Also it tends to hide incompetency

  • Sifiso Sosibo - 2013-06-07 12:35

    This is normal practice in every government offices where officials will ignore their countrymen and run to the aid of a foreigner where they're assured of something in return!

  • Mashudu Matamela - 2013-06-07 12:36

    Zuma style!

  • Briana Scott - 2013-06-07 12:40

    Probably for not sharing...

  • Linds Ron-House - 2013-06-07 12:49

    Our neighbor Zimbabwe found a solution for such things. Instead of paying someone a bribe in order to expedite your application for a government service, the government allows you to pay a premium. This premium goes to the state and not a private pocket. For example, you can get a news ID within 24 hours at a premium, or a new passport within 36 hours or so. Home Affairs must do this, especially at border gates. Have a premium lounge where people can be processed faster at a premium. I really hate standing in the queue for hours under a scotching sun. I can gladly pay a premium so that my family and i can be processed faster and comfortable. We do a lot of over landing in Southern Africa, and crossing borders is the biggest pain.

      Regte Boer - 2013-06-07 13:01

      Why pay a premium for something that is their JOB to start with FFS?

  • Freddie Jones - 2013-06-07 13:09

    When is the CRIMINAL case being brought?

  • Sean O'Donnell - 2013-06-07 13:12

    SA is becoming the home of choice for the dregs of Africa.

  • Midnite Man - 2013-06-07 13:21

    ....the photo-it looks like somewhere in africa- glad I've left !

  • Muzi DJmention Nkosi - 2013-06-07 13:25

    Sometimes people except bribes because they are under paid. They system needs to be looked at and monitor it well. We can't be having people flocking in the country in appropriately.

      Sean O'Donnell - 2013-06-07 13:51

      No my friend.... there has and always will be corruption, but it has flourished under JZ 'leadership'. He has set a fine example for others to follow.

  • Jacques Botha - 2013-06-07 13:26

    @ James - there's a huge difference between applying for passport and applying for asylum! I agree the oassportpartwork like a well oiled machine

  • Humbulani Mudzanani - 2013-06-07 13:32

    His colleagues(those who arrested him)are probably more concerned about him being arrested rather than the bribery itself...they probably saying to him how can u get seen,how can u get caught u fool

  • Irene Makhubela - 2013-06-07 14:14

    that is what happening to our I.Ds.. Please ppl lets fight crime. Together we can do better

  • Philmon Eyob Foto - 2013-06-07 20:12


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