Lack of capacity at the Department has led to corrupt officials at Home Affairs swindling people of their money as the deadline to deport undocumented Zimbabweans approaches. Desperate Zimbabweans have resorted to paying bribes to jump the queues at the sole application centre in Johannesburg.
Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma stressed her department was committed to minimising corrupt activities that had characterised the application process and would arrest the culprits.
“On the Zimbabwe project, we have always said that these permits, including the application forms, were free of charge. We cannot, however, control our people or the Zimbabweans themselves.
“These permits are free of charge. It is our responsibility to issue IDs, etc to citizens. There is no need to bribe anyone to issue these documents to you. And when we pick up such instances, we will arrest the perpetrators,” she said from Pretoria.
She expressed confidence the Department would meet the December deadline it set to finish the process.Post published in: Africa News