Home affairs ups security


The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has installed integrated electronic security systems in 47 of its offices to detect illegal activities.

This comes after deputy minister Fatima Chohan reiterated the department’s commitment to pushing back the frontiers of fraud and corruption in response to a question at the National Council of Provinces yesterday.

The systems also aim to protect assets, information and employees; augment the human resource capacity utilised for physical security purposes at the different offices; and detect illicit activities by members of the public and employees of the DHA, while on the premises of the department.

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma also confirmed that a total of 20 employees have been suspended for fraud and corruption in the 2011/12 financial year so far.
“Some of the alleged charges against these officials include, among others, soliciting bribes from illegal foreigners in exchange for the endorsement of passports with fraudulent visas and permits, altering information, or residential status on the department’s Movement Control System, further aiding and abetting illegal foreigners, and the officials, themselves, being found in possession of identity documents, without permission, outside the offices of the department,” says the DHA.

On two separate occasions perpetrators were caught on camera, and are being prosecuted, both within the department and criminally. The recently installed system at the department’s head office, in Pretoria, also has the capacity to monitor the attendance, as well as arrival and departure of officials.

Having concluded that the installation of integrated electronic security systems are assisting to fight corruption, by also serving as a deterrent to would-be perpetrators, the department says it is in the process of rolling out these systems to all of its other offices. The rollout will, however, be determined by its budget resources.