Home Affairs lacks proper security

The department has submitted a report on security at its 777 facilities.

The Home Affairs Department. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Home Affairs Department on Tuesday decried its over-reliance on private security services at its facilities.

Department officials submitted a report on the status of security at its 777 offices countrywide.

The report presented to the Home Affairs Portfolio Committee shows security measures are stretched thin.

Only 605 private guards are currently stationed at department offices and ports of entry.

Yet the department's Castro Khwela believes the ministry is too dependent on the private security industry.

He says the allegiance of these officials is at times doubtful.

Khwela added there have been cases of security officers colluding with criminals.

On fraud detection and prevention, Khwela said the State Security Ministry is landing a helpful hand in dealing with graft, but he would like to see Home Affairs better equipped to take a lead in this regard.