Minister Gigaba defends Home Affairs ‘inefficiency’

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Mr Malusi Gigaba is Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa since 26 May 2014
Mr Malusi Gigaba is Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa since May 26, 2014

By: Sanele James

The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, defended his department’s shortcomings, pointing the finger back to the community.

The Minister recently visited East London to interact with the members of the community as part of government’s programme to intermingle with society at grassroots level. During his visit, Gigaba unveiled the refurbished Home Affairs offices and visited the Frere Hospital where he handed over unabridged birth certificates of newly-born babies.

Wrapping up his visit, the Minister later went to interact with the community at the Parkside community hall where members of the community took turns airing their grievances.

Their problems ranged from discordant marriages to incorrect date of births and names.

Gigaba responded to the raised issues in the packed hall.

He first responded to the issue of ‘forever long queues’ in his department offices saying; “that doesn’t mean the staff is incompetent but it just shows the demand of Home Affairs’ services to the community hence the long queues.

“Home Affairs can’t be blamed for all the problems you find yourselves in today. In fact, you create most of the problems yourselves and Home Affairs finds it hard to fix them and then you say our staff members are ineffective”, said Gigaba.

He continued: “Some of you give your IDs to loan sharks and nobody knows what those people do with them”

With the Department of Home Affairs having been under the spotlight since the recent advent of xenophobic attacks and illegal immigration, Gigaba lambasted the issue of people who sell South African citizenship to foreign nationals through marriage for a “quick buck”.

“We all know the state of our economy but let us try to refrain from these illicit acts. These problems seem as the only way out but only haunt us at the crucial moments,” he admonished the attendants.

March 6, 2016Home Affairs Min. Malusi Gigaba monitors voters ID collection. SABC Digital News:

August 5, 2016, S. African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on xenophobia and migrant crises. Thomson Reuters Foundation:

Meeting with Thomson Reuters Foundation in London, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba called for cooperation between European and African leaders in dealing with the Mediterranean migrant crisis. He also explained his government’s reaction to the wave of anti-immigrant violence that spread across Durban and Johannesburg in April 2015, maintaining that the majority of South Africans are not xenophobic. The violence left seven people dead and led thousands of migrants to move into temporary refugee camps or return to their native countries.

July 22, 2015: Home Affairs gets tech upgrade. SABC Digital News:

Home Affairs is stepping up service delivery in the rural areas around East London in the Eastern Cape. Minister Malusi Gigaba officially opened a revamped service centre – heavily geared towards speeding up aid to the public. – SABC News.

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