UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

FAKE IDs HIGHLIGHTS HOME AFFAIRS DISARRAY

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MS. ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON HOME AFFAIRS

The arrest of 12 people in Cape Town in connection with fraudulent identity documents has once again highlighted the disarray in the Department of Home Affairs.

It is significant that the SAPS, and not the Department of Home Affairs, discovered these irregularities. This pathetic state of affairs reflects the Department's inability to control the regulation and issuing of important documents, such as identity documents. Furthermore, these arrests are also prematurely referred to as "breaking the backbone of the syndicate," while the police have not completed their investigation, or even established the number of other such syndicates currently in operation in South Africa.

False identity document affect millions of South Africans by depriving them of access to basic services such as pension grants, housing allowances and medical services. The recent Batho Pele report also highlights the lack of job descriptions in the Department of Home Affairs, which is totally unacceptable if the government wishes to productively make changes to the daily lives of its citizens.

The UDM calls upon Government to make a more concerted effort to regulate important documents to enforce the basic rights of legitimate citizens of South Africa.

Enquiries:
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson on Home Affairs
082 557 4148

Cape Town
27 June 2001.