Home affairs official fired over bribe

2013-06-07 12:18
Refugees queue outside the home affairs department in Cape Town. (AP)

Refugees queue outside the home affairs department in Cape Town. (AP)

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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."
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