IDs HIGHLIGHTS HOME AFFAIRS DISARRAY
ISSUED BY MS. ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON HOME AFFAIRS
arrest of 12 people in Cape Town in connection with fraudulent identity
documents has once again highlighted the disarray in the Department of Home
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
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
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson on Home Affairs
082 557 4148
27 June 2001.