Home Affairs owes its own printer

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The Department of Home Affairs owes its own subsidiary, the Government Printing Works (GPW), R126 million dating back to April 2009, a debt tat may now disrupt the printing of secure passports.

“If no payment is received by the GPW within the next three months, the GPW has made it clear that they will not be able to continue to print passports, the Democratic Alliance’s Juanita Terblanche says. The home affairs shadow minister says this is because GPW will not be able to afford to continue to order the polycarbonate paper needed for the documents, or the thread to bind them.

GPW CE Tom Moyane told the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs Tuesday that the DHA has now consistently failed to make payments over an 11 month period. It is not clear why the DHA has not paid the GPW.
“The Department of Home Affairs’ turnaround strategy is clearly failing to address the critical issues facing the department and is allowing new issues to cause further damage to the department’s ability to deliver on its mandate,” Terblanche sad in a statement. “Government departments simply cannot operate like this, placing immense financial strain on the service providers who rely on timeous payments to meet their own obligations, including the payment of employees.”
“Further financial mismanagement was identified in the DHA 2008/09 annual report, where the Auditor General revealed that departmental revenue amounting to R356 million could not be accurately assessed due to the lack of an audit trail and serious inefficiency of the accounting officer. Irregular expenditure to the amount of R198.2 million was also recorded.”

DHA director general Mavuso Msimang, who joined the department in 2007 with much fanfare to head the turnaround, has announced he will leave next month after electing not to renew his contract.