South African Department of Home Affairs shaping up and cleaning house
The recent conviction and 6-year-sentencing of a corrupt Home Affairs official is proof that the Department of Home Affairs are unwilling to tolerate corruption which is good news for South Africans and foreigners alike.
Earlier this week a corrupt Home Affairs Official was arrested for fraudulently selling birth certificates to community members.
In a statement released by the South African Department of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said the department welcomed the suspension and conviction of the dishonest Home Affairs Official.
Zungu was reportedly arrested following a joint sting operation by the South African Police Service and Department of Home Affairs investigators. Zungu was found guilty of selling birth certificates to local residents of this small town in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
The Melmoth Magistrate Court handed sentence to Zungu last week on 14 August 2014. The Department of Home Affairs said they welcomed the six-year sentence handed to Zungu adding that, “The conviction and sentence of Zungu communicate an all important message that corruption and fraud will not be tolerated in the Department of Home Affairs.”
The press statement continues to say that, “Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Gigaba, has emphasised that any official who is found to be involved in acts of fraud and corruption that seek to undermine the security imperatives of the Republic will face the full might of the law. The Department ensures that such individuals are subjected to both internal disciplinary process as well as criminal prosecution.”
The Department thanked the KwaZulu-Natal SAPS Anti-Corruption Unit for their efforts in helping the Department of Home Affairs to curb corrupt practices in the organization.
“To this end, we extend a call to members of the public to continue to report fraud and corruption relating to the services provided by Home Affairs,” said the Department’s press statement earlier this week.