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Home Affairs to open refugee offices after two-year closure

By Tariro WashinyiraFirst published on GroundUp More than two years after closing in person services due to the Covid pandemic, the Department of Home Affairs has announced it is reopening its Refugee Reception Offices. Since 26 March 2020, there has been no way for refugees to apply for asylum, and people who already had refugee Read more >

ZEPs: the corruption threat lurking on the horizon

By Kwazi Dlamini    Corruption and incompetence. These are the foremost concerns that haunt those affected by the Zimbabwe exemption permits (ZEPs) saga that became the subject of recent media reports over the scrapping of the rights associated with the document by the Department of Home Affairs last month. The specialised permits for nationals of Read more >

Arrests made but more work needed at DHA

By Thato Mahlangu A sting operation by the police led to the arrest of a corrupt official of the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) on 9 January 2020. Home affairs minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi said in a statement he welcomed the arrest of immigration official Sam Langa who was arrested for demanding a bribe from Read more >

CW contributes to Home Affairs’ white paper

On Monday 18 February 2019 Corruption Watch made submissions on the 2019 white paper on Home Affairs, after the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) put out the call for comments towards the end of January. The deadline was 18 February. The white paper is part of the DHA’s repositioning programme that, it says, will align Read more >

CW raises concerns over unchecked corruption at refugee centre

Corruption Watch (CW) has today written to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs in respect of the rampant corruption and maladministration that continues unabated at the Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Centre in Marabastad, Pretoria – a dire state of affairs which has recently caused committee members to discuss the need for urgent steps to be Read more >

e-Governance: a useful anti-corruption tool?

Many organisations today use online technology to do business, arrange insurance and comply with regulations governing their sectors. The removal of the human element from these transactions helps make them efficient and nearly error-free, much to the satisfaction of those engaging. But can we safely say that e-governance processes work in eliminating the potential of Read more >

CW: revamped Marabastad RRO will offer better services

17 February 2017 Corruption Watch supports the new and improved systems launched today at the refurbished Marabastad Refugee Reception Office in Pretoria. The revamp is intended to address queue management and security concerns, among other issues, and introduce an automated booking system and paperless processes. These changes are long overdue as in the past, this Read more >

CW condemns Mashaba’s statements about migrants

Corruption Watch condemns the recent reprehensible statements made by Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba in which he describes illegal immigrants in Johannesburg’s inner city as criminals who should be dealt with as such. The mayor was delivering a speech to mark his first 100 days in office. The organisation calls on the DA to repudiate these Read more >

Setting the record straight on Lokisa launch

Yesterday we released our report on corruption in the Home Affairs immigration system. Titled Project Lokisa: Asylum at a Price, the report was launched on a piece of land over the road from the Marabastad refugee reception office in Pretoria. The launch was notable for the absence of the key actor in the story – Read more >