Home Affairs Minister plans shake-up to root out graft
Publish date: 20 April 2017
Issue Number: 112
Diary: Legalbrief Forensic
New Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize says her department is in need of a digital overhaul to help speed up applications and root out corrupt practices, notes a News24 report. Mkhize, who replaced Malusi Gigaba in President Jacob Zuma's mass Cabinet reshuffle on 31 March, reportedly said she hoped the digitisation of the system would remove the temptation for both citizens and staff to engage in bribery or other forms of corruption. She said a new system would have to encourage people to apply for their documents online. The department would also start training its staff in ‘being leaders’ in the community, to curb the temptation to ‘sell citizenship’, according to the report. It notes Mkhize said she would also ask her fellow Ministers in the security cluster to start clamping down on illegality at Home Affairs centres.