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New Home Affairs system to crack down on corruption, improve service delivery

The intervention could see a decrease in the high rates of corruption at the Marabastad refugee office.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has warned that the implementation of a paperless system at refugee reception offices will see those who abuse the asylum application system deported.

Yesterday, Gigaba assessed technological developments at the Marabastad Refugee Reception Office, which will be the first to go online with the automated system.

The intervention could see a decrease in the high rates of fraud and corruption at the centre.

Gigaba has warned those who abuse the asylum application system to gain legal residence in South Africa that the new systems won't allow it.

"Those who just want to come for asylum without coming for adjudication, the system is going to pick them up. We will ensure that our inspectors deal with it."

The department says the main challenge it faces with its current system are the long queues it creates.

Officials say these queues breed a host of other issues including corruption.

The new system uses fingerprint biometrics - a measure the department says will prevent interference from any third party attempting acts of corruption.