Home Affairs says budget cuts may mean fewer staff, but offices won't close

The department of home affairs says that compulsory budget cuts will not mean it has to close any of its offices, but will have a "negative impact on the filling of some posts".    

Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, confirmed his department was facing compulsory budget cuts in reply to a Parliamentary question from the DA's Joseph McGluwa.

"Budget cuts will have a negative impact on the filling of some posts, but we are not envisioning closure of any Home Affairs office," he said.


Details of the cuts are contained in a document published by National Treasury in June. The paper provides national departments and public entities with guidelines of how to prepare their budget submissions. 

It refers to a compulsory budget baseline reduction scenario of:

  • 5 percent in 2020/21;
  • 6 percent in 2021/22; and 
  • 7 percent in 2022/23.

Departments must show how they can make cuts with the least impact for service delivery, and must suggest "non-priority programmes and projects to be scaled down or closed.

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