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1999

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


CORRUPTION IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY
 ANNELIZ… VAN WYK, MP UDM SPOKESPERSON ON HOME AFFAIRS

The latest revelations on corruption in the Department of Home Affairs necessitate drastic and immediate steps by the Minister and Government.

The falsifying of identity documents and the use of these in rackets is well documented.  It is clear from reports that the extent and nature of corruption and scams in the Department is so intertwined that a mere investigation by the Anti-Corruption Unit and the police will not suffice.

The Department of Home Affairs and the work that it is doing is impacting on every other Department in Government.  Its policies and approach in implementing those policies affects the planning of all other Departments.  Welfare grants and the paying out of pensions is but an example of where the Departmentís work impacts.

Proper planning for Safety and Security, local government and Education cannot be achieved if the basic information from this Department is not correct or suspect.

Failure by this Department will affect the poorest of the poor directly and can result in services from several departments not being delivered.  The alleged levels of corruption in this Department make it virtually impossible for the Department to fulfil its purpose to protect and serve the interests of the inhabitants of the Republic of South Africa as individuals in respect of their status, identity, and specific rights and powers in this regard.

With a cloud of suspicion hanging over the Department it raises the question whether this Department can deliver on the part that it plays within the forth coming Local Government Elections.  If corruption within the Department remains as is and confidence is not restored the holding of fair democratic local government elections becomes a fantasy.

In the light of this the UDM calls for an Independent Judicial Commission of Inquiry to be appointed to:

  • Establish the extent of corruption in the Department.

  • Determine the level of involvement by officials of the Department in activities of corruption.

  • Appraise the impact that these activities have on the work of the Department.

  • Report on its findings and recommendations to Parliament.

ENQUIRIES:
ANNELIZ… VAN WYK
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON HOME AFFAIRS

20 October 1999

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