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Home Affairs offices to remain closed on Saturday

Staff threatened to go on a nationwide strike last month after the department issued a circular forcing them to work on weekends without paying them for overtime.

A Department of Home Affairs office. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs says its offices will remain closed on Saturday due to its ongoing negotiations with unions on how to implement Saturday shifts.

Home Affairs' staff threatened to go on a nationwide strike last month after the department issued a circular forcing them to work on weekends without paying them for overtime.

Unions called off the strike when the department offered to retract the circular and instead discuss a mutually beneficial way for the offices to be opened on Saturdays.

Home Affairs' David Hlabane says they apologise for the inconvenience.

“But we are hoping that this will be resolved, especially in the best interest of the public. And again we apologise for the inconvenience.”

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)