Home Affairs Dept to crack down on corrupt officials

Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize says an anti-corruption unit is in place to investigate corrupt officials who may be taking bribes.

FILE: Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize says her department is working closely with law enforcement agencies to stop corruption at the country's ports of entry.

Mkhize has welcomed the arrest of several high-ranking officials at some border posts.

She was speaking at the Lindela Repatriation Centre in Krugersdorp on Thursday.

More than 1,600 illegal immigrants are waiting to be deported from the Lindela Repatriation Centre.

The minister says an anti-corruption unit is in place to investigate corrupt officials who may be taking bribes.

“The department is setting up the unit and I think it’s a very important unit. The first thing we need to do is ensure it is adequately resourced.”

Mkhize says immigration laws have changed over the years and not everybody seeking asylum in South Africa would have their application approved.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)