Home Affairs apologises for closure of its offices today amid staff shifts chaos

The department’s David Hlabane says they are confident they will reach a resolution soon.

Department of Home Affairs. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG – The Home Affairs Department has apologised for the closure of its offices today as negotiations over Saturday shifts continue with its employees.

The department’s staff threatened to go on a nationwide strike last month after the department issued a notice forcing them to work on weekends without compensation for overtime.

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

The department’s David Hlabane says they are confident they will reach a resolution soon.

“This is a part, as you would know, of ongoing discussions that we’re having as the department with the unions over the working shifts that extend to Saturday.

“We have not yet resolved but discussions are still continuing and we’re still hoping for a resolution to the matter.”